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The Gospel Messenger. 

''Set for the Deft-use of the flospef." 

Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon. Pa , Jan. 6, 1 891. 

The Gospel Messenger. 

Table of Con tents. 

The New Yt 

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New Yffttr Thoughts. By William G Schr. 
felling Ready to he Happy. By Esther Cr 



B.v ie 

We had a short but very pleasant call from our 
See editor, Bro. D. L. Miller, and wife, of Mt. 
(orris. During their stay with us the weather- 
's, quite unpleasant, and Bro. D. L. not at all 
'I, so that the visit for them was not as pleas- 
. as it would otherwise have been. Yet we 
ere glad for the opportunity of thus meeting and 
aving together a very pleasant conference about 

ir work. 

Dec. 16 the School Committee, appointed by 
.st Annual Meeting, gave us a visit, met with us 
i public worship and also had a meeting with the 
ustees and faculty of the school. The interview 
as pleasant, satisfactory, and, we hope, will be 
cofitablo for the school and all concerned. There 
a faith that enables us to believe without seeing, 
ut the average experience in regard to the prac- 
>3al things of life is, " seeing is believing." What 
e see with our eyes and hear with our ears is 
itisfactory evidence. This is the kind wo want 
very body to have that is interested in our work, 
"o were glad to have the Committee with us, and 
i often as they can make it suit to return, they 
ill be welcomed. Wo were sorry that the full 
unmittee could not be with us, and we hope that 
i future meetings all may be together. 


One among the pleasant meetings of the year 
as the late Ministerial Meeting, held at Maitland, 
i the Lewistown congregation, Dec. 18, 19 and 
). On account of the snow-storni, which oc- 
irred on the day before, the attendance was not 
j large as it would otherwise have been, but those 
,vho had the pleasure of being present, expressed 

themselves as being much pleased and benefited. 
Such meetings are attended with a number of ad- 
vantages, both to the ministers and the ehurches. 

In this way we become better acquainted with 
each other, which aids greatly-in maintaining that 
Christian unity among us which is so desirable. 
Reports sometimes affect people very unfavorably 
and often give wrong views of persons and things, 
and the oftener such reports change hands or are 
repeated, tiie worse they get. By getting togeth- 
er, these things are corrected and very much bet- 
ter feelings are established. This is especially 
desirable on the part of ministers of the same de- 
nomination, and there is no way that this desirable 
end can so well be brought about as by freely as- 
sociating together. For this the Ministerial 
Meetings afford excellent opportunities. 

Another advantage that naturally grows out of 
these meetings is the unifying of ideas in ivgard 
to church work. We. as a church, have no special 
course in theology, and, as a result, we have noth- 
ing to give practical unification, so that these in- 
cidental opportunities are of great advantage to us 
as a people and ministry, and should be utilized 
when it is possioie in <V- so, lt » wo Vcrtainfy need 
all in this lino we can get. 

Still another advantage that may come out of 
these meetings is the help we can give each other 
by throwing together our varied experiences. 
From them we can all get something that can be 
of service to us and that can be made practical in 
the high and holy calling whercunto we have beeu 

The meeting, in all its deliberations, was most 
harmonious, and many subjects of vital interest h 
ministers and Christian work were discussed to 
the profit of all present. So well pleased were 
those present with the meeting that there -\ 
five or six calls for it when to bo held again. 


As the midnight bells tolled the Old Year out. 
the New Year came in. Eighteen hundred and 
ninety has been spoken and written millions of 
times. — but now no more forever. With the Old 
it goes, and with the New comes eighteen hun- 
dred and ninety-one. While to the Old we rever- 
ently say, Farewell, to the New we reach out the 
welcoming hand and give the happy greeting, and 
try to persuade ourselves thai during its stay we 
will do better than ever before. How much better, 
of course, we do not know. The thought of doing 
better is a good one, and gives the needed inspi- 
ration in a right direction. 

Our ideal is generally bettor than our practice, 
but still our practice is the better because of our 
ideals being above or beyond it, If we can not lie 
the thing itself, it is good to reach it through our 
desires. The Lord will assist us in our infirmities 
if our desires are right and a reasoutrole effort is 
made on our part. God cares not half so much 

for the act as he does for the motive that lies be- 
hind it- 
Then, as we enter the New Year, let us, as ii 
starting point, be sure that our motives are pure, 
that our intentions are right. 

Sometimes, as we take the forward look, there 
seems to be nought before us but clouds and dark- 
ness. The sun of peace and prosperity is so com- 
pletely hidden that we fail to recognize its pres- 
ence and we say. It is all darkness. This is a mis- 
take. These clouds and darkness are before usim- 
ly to teach us the beauty and sweetness of light, 
when it comes bursting through the rifts in the 

0, what a good, a glorious thing is faith! Of 
Paul's most beautiful definition we never tire, s.» 
full, so complete, " The evidence of things not 
seen, the substance of things hoped for.'' It re- 
quires a master soul to grasp such truth, but when 
possessed it, is a rock that moveth not. How we 
wisii we could all enter this New Year anchored 
on this rock! 

The dead theorist stands up before us in his 
cold, soulless calculation and risks: 'Why all this 

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No very great change indeed, yet somehow we 
feel somewhat rested and newly energized, as we 
do after a uighl of i-est. In the morning we go 
forth to our labors with renewed strength to meet, 
bear and endure the burdens of the day. So we 
feel as we enter the New Year. As we go out we 
unburden ourselves. Our year of labor is done. 
We take our inventory, cast up our accounts, pay 
our debts,— we should do so. Some wait for the 
Jubilee, and enter the New Year on a new lease. 

These Outs and Ins are periods of importance to 
us, and teach that there is a time for settling up 
accounts, not only with each other, as men of bus- 
iness in our dealings with each other, but also 
with our Heavenly Father. He lias entrusted us 
with his goods and the time will soon come when 
a reckoning must be made. Every day brings us 
nearer to that time, and everything will depend 
upon the preparations we are making as to how 
the account will stand. 

The year 1890 was given us for this preparation, 
and it is now past. Each day has made its show 
for or against. As we retrospect, is there any 
doubt as to which side we have laid our contribu- 
tions? Is it not a serious thought? Sad, indeed, 
is our condition, if, in our going out, we have left 
nothing behind us that will stand to our credit. 
We ought to have, because God has been good be- 
yond his promise. The axman's stroke has been 
stayed, and, perhaps, the Good Man is now saying: 
"Let it stand another year, try another year, and 
then, O, then, may there be a fruitage to the Mas- 
ter's acceptance! 

Dear reader, may God bless you as you go in, 

you go forward and as you. go out, so that, in 
the end. it may be said of you: " Well done, good 
and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of 
thy Lord." 


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Jan. 0, 1891. 



Hope smiles upon n Meu Year's I 

And wreathes Hie coming hours 
With thoughts of future, bright am 

Imagination's flowers. 
But blighted of t these flowers iron 

And onlv thorns appear; 
Yet seeking rightly, we might see 

This new— a happy ve;u. 
Let it be new in holy things- 
New failh, new love, new zeal; 
New in more constant prayer, rt'hic 

God's blessing for its seal. 
New in more full supplies of grace 

Which God, if asked, will give; 
New strength to inn the Christian r 

And lo God's glory live. 
Then should this year be thus begu 

And ended in God's fear, 
We shall confess when it is done, 

It was a happy year. 
And thus may life's year pass away 

And fade in heaven's new year, 
When an eternal New Year's Day 

Shall shut up all things here. 




It may be well, as we approach another New 
Year's Day, to come to a halt and review the his- 
tory of our lives. The past is gone and the re- 
cording angel of time has, during the past year, 
placed upon record all our deeds, whether they be 
good or evil. 

As we journeyed down the stream of time, it 
has left behind us another year. What has it 
been to ns? Sunshine and darkness, prosperity 
and adversity met us on every hand. However, 
as a whole, the people of our land, with few ex- 
ceptions, enjoyed undisturbed and unbounded 
prosperity on every hand. Tho bounties of nat- 
ure, in almost every section of the laud, have 
yielded plentifully, and our barns and granaries 
are filled to overflowing with the necessaries of 
life, both for man and beast. While along the 
frontier, in the West and North-west, the labor of 
the husbandman has not been as fully rewarded 
as in former years, and considerable suffering is 
occasioned by the same, the Nation's open heart 
will reach forth and supply the wants of all. 

God has tenderly cared for us, and no great 
misfortune has befallen us in the way, as has been 
the ease in former years. While we fondly re- 
member the core, goodness and mercy of God in 
his providential dealings with us as a people, let 
us remember our many failings, repent of our 
wrongs and begin anew. 

Hay our misdeeds in 1890 be forgotten and 
buried with the old year, as wo go out aud enter 
upon the new. By the experience of the past we 
are taught many lessons for tho future. "What 
will it be? As we close the old record, may our 
aspirations and hopes brighten with grand pros- 
pects for improving the year 1891. Let us square 
the old record before God and man, and start 
anew, as we enter upon the new year. 

Another year has been lost in the measure of 
time and numbered with the past. A new and 
fresh era is now at our disposal, and it has come 
to tarry with us until the new year, now before 
us, has numbered its days. This should again re- 
mind us very forcibly how swiftly the gold dust 
moment of time are passing by, and that we hsrve 

no abiding place here in Una life, bu1 seeft ahoroe 
beyond this mle of tears 

However fasl the swift messenger of time is 
spurring us in our race in this life, time is given 
ns to do the work required at our hands. God 
gives us a moment at a time, and this we can easi- 
ly improve. Aud inasmuch as the present is ours, 
let us appropriate the same to some good purpose 
in life, and thus answer the design of God in our 
creation while it is called to-day. 

.Since time is so very precious and fleeting in its 
nature, we should so improve it as to secure the 
greatest possible benefit from it. Once lost, it is 
irretrievably lost and can not be recovered, unless 
in redoubled diligence in the discharge of every 
Christian duty incumbent upou us. 

In our surroundings, civcunistau i 
ever-changing scenes in the world aboui 
as well as distance, arc almost las 
What took mouths and years, a c< 
now accomplished very often in s> 
The inventive genius of man, in thes< 
of improvement, is indeed the wonde 
tion of the world. The march of cii i 
time lias almost revolutionized spa< 
tively speaking there is no distance 
and freshest news, in every quarter 
however remote from us, finds its 
daily newspapers simultaneously wit 

AVe are truly living in a fast age, £ni 
are making such rapid progress in 
ences, and the learning of the day, for the comfort, 
enjoyment, -and conveniences of mankind, are we 
progressing in tho divine life? If we have been 
recreant in Christian duties incumbent upon us, 
let us redeem the time, if possible, for the days in 
which we live are evil. Let us remember Satan, 
too, is busy, aud wickedness, as the times unmis- 
takably indicate,, is on the increase. If we are not 
on our guard we may be enticed into the ways of 
wickedness and unconsciously glide into the cur- 
rent of sin, and in consequence be lost to all that 
is good. 

What momentous times are these! With all 
the educational, social, moral, religious and other 
advantages before us, let us form new resolutions 
to live more devoted in the service of our Blessed 
Master, the coming year. Let us not grow weary 
in well-doing for in due season we shall reap, if 
we faint not by the way. 

Many of our fellow-mortals, who started out 
with us, and that with the brightest hopes for con- 
tinued life and usefulness in the world, have fall- 
en to our right and left. Aged fathers and 
mothers, the middle-aged and the young, have 
been the victims of death and laid away among 
the pale nations of the dead. 

Surely, death is no respecter of persons and en- 
ters the rich man's palace as well as tho poor 
man's hut. In the language of the poet, 

"There is a reaper whose name is death 
And with his sickle keen 
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath 
And the flowers that grow between." 

How many of us will see the end of another 
year, God only knows! Let us remember it is ap- 
pointed unto man once to die, and may we take 
heed to the admonition of the prophet, "Preparo 
to meet thy God." 

Berlin, Pa. 



Too many of us are looking forward to happi- 
ness in the future, instead of getting all the hap- 
piness possible out of the present. It is well to 
remember that the time never will come in this 
world when we shall have everything we want, 
just where and when we want it. The only way to 

be happy, is to enjoy all we have to the utmost as 
wo go along, whether it be little or much. 

It is right to prepare for a rainy day when it 
can be doue without sacrificing Christian princi- 
ple v but it is not right to bend all of our energies 
to this end, and put off, until the future, tho hap- 
piness we might enjoy every day. It is far too 
common to see people working and saving, denying 
themselves all recreation and many comforts, to 
lay up money to buy more land aud build larger 
and finer houses, or to save for their children, 
thinking that when they have accomplished this, 
they will be happy and begin to take comfort, 

Tho hoped-for point may never be attained, or 
if it is, sickness or death may have come first, and 
the dear ones, with whom we expected to be hap- 
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o Lhe ben. lit of the poor and need 
ii if you will not be, in 
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' - morrow. Don't 

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hat you n as in yon 

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happy while they arc under .1. 
cy that will make their livi 
than to u> ■■ 

Don't keep the parlor shut up and live in the 
kitchen, unless you want the boys and girls to be 
anxious to leave home. Take time to read, rest, 
go to church and enjoy the society of friends. It 
will only be a few years, at best, that you have, to 
make your children happy, and these ought to be 
years of happiness both to you and them. If we 
are ever happy in this life, we must enjoy what 
every day brings us! AVe must be grateful and 
glad for all the good that comes into our lives, and 
patiently bear our trials, believing that all, if 
rightly used, will fit us for the enjoyment of per- 
fect happiness hereafter! 
* Knobnostcr, Mo. 



Dear Brethren and Sisters. — 

The grace of God has signalized itself in a 
wonderful manner in your conversion, as it does 
in all kindred cases and your joy and peace in 
believing his Word is very sweet, AVhen the bur- 
den of Bin rolled off the heart into the sepulchre 
of the dear, loving Savior and you came into a 
3 of perfect obedience and faith, a divine in- 
fluence, unlike any that ever comes to our souls in 
this far off world, rested serenely upon you. You 
felt just like our impulsive brother Simon Peter did 
when he saw his Master so gloriously radiant with 
tho light of Heaven on the Mount of Transfigura- 
tion, and, like him, you would say, "Let us ever 
emain in this happy state and place." 

How intoxicating is the precious wine of par- 
don and peace, when it first touches the lips of the 
convert! A radiant glow is diffused throughout 
the whole being and you feel and enjoy a fore- 
taste of the maturer state, when "old things will 
have passed away, and behold all things have be- 
come new." Could the faint-hearted, halting, hes- 
itating sinner, who lingers just outside of the king- 
dom of our Lord, see and feel, for a few moments, 
the ecstasy of a new-born soul, all the demons in 
all the dark, desolate prisons of Satan could not 
frighten them away. 

How precious to me is the memory of that hal- 
cyon period of my religious experience, and how 
strange it seemed to me then that my unconverted 


friends could not rejoice with me in that same 
blissful statu. There follows this state a tempora- 
ry re-action which will surprise and pniu you. The 



you will need to guard that especial point of at- 
tack. Your first impulse will be to doubt the re- 
ality of your conversion. Then you will despair 
of overcoming your old-time sins. You will need 
now to keep very near to the Lord in "all prayer 
and supplication in the spirit." 

At every impulse to sin oppose it with a prayer 
for grace to help you. Our compassionate Lord 
is always "within calling distance of those who love 
and obey him, and he will come at the instance of 
a prayer so silent that an angel could not hear it. 
Every wrong thought shows you that Satan is 
near and unless you ask our Master to bid him 
leave you, he will just enter your heart and stay 
there and your spiritual death will soon ensue. 

Let prayer be your constant weapon for aggres- 
sive as well as defensive warfare. Whether in the 
privacy of your lovely woodbinds, or wherever and 
whenever you can, have a private interview with 
the Unseen, raise the heart and thought to him 
for help. Bend the suppliant knee to Him who 
shed his blood for your redemption. You will 
soon rejoice in the new strength and confidence 
that such service brings. As your strength and 
courage increase, Satan's will diminish, and, ere 
long, you can stand erect and run onward in the 
Christian race. 

Another matter of much weight should com- 
mend itself to your attention, that of watching the 
trend of your thoughts and acts. When wo feel 
the approach of the rigor of sin as it manifests 
itself in our lives, and note that the chilliness con- 
tinues and increases, we need to be prayerfully 
concerned. The symptoms are, an indifference to 
tho duty of assembling with Christians in public 
worship, a lack of interest in the rjrayer-meeting, 
a preference for back seats in religious meetings, 
tho choice of worldly associates, neglect of private 
prayer and religious reading, a desire for wealth 
for purposes of personal use and self-aggrandize- 
ment, etc. Any one of these symptoms is a cause 
for alarm and should excite in us vigilant watch- 
ing aud praying. That is the only known remedy. 
Watching and praying leads the heart info right 
channels, and tho life is just what the heart. 
jn'ompts. Satan is always at hand with his sug- 
gestions when our sinful nature asserts itself. 
For instance we sometimes have generous impul- 
ses, and desire to lend a hand to help "some ship- 
wrecked brother sailing over the shoals of time,'' 
but Satan suggests, "I wouldn't do it. Keep your 
money and goods for your own family. Thoy 
might bo destitute some day.' 1 

Once upon a time, to illustrate Satan's dogged 
persistence in plying the arts of his hellish trade, 
a certain man of benevolent intentions proposed 
to send a piece of bacon to a destitute neighbor 
and, on taking down a fine, large ham, he, of the 
evil heart, suggested that he should select a small- 
er one. Thereupon our generous friend, knowing 
where the suggestion came from, reached up and 
took down another fine one and laid it beside the 
first. Satan suggested that ruin would follow such 
indiscretion. Our friend retorted with warmth, 
"If you don't leave me, you stingy devil, I'll take 
every piece of bacon in the house." 

Now learn the lesson this uot unusual episodo 
tenches. When you feel the impulse, to neglect 
prayer, stealing over you, go at once and get upon 
your knees and ask the Father to drive the prayer- 
less spirit away. 

If it is suggested that it is too cold or too hot, 
too wet or too dry, loo muddy or too dusty, or you 
are too sick or too tired, or too worried, or it is too 

dark or too drear to attend religious service, thai 
is just the time aud occasion for yon !■> -mile the 
devil of indifference with a prayer for God • grace 
to help you to do the very thing that his majesty, 
of the sulphurous lake, don't want you to do. 

Especially do we need to watch the tongue. I 
believe Sataii is leading more people to hell by 
the tongue than any other member of the body, 
The greatest men and women in this world are 
those who successfully control the tongue, though 
the histories of the world have not chronicled their 
names or acts. 

Young Christians arc often seduced from the 
religious life by the glamor and tinsel and pomp 
and show aud goyety of this wicked world. She 
or he who, before conversion loved the dance anil 
cards and the bowl that intoxicates and soon, & els 
the old impulses return after conversion and just 
at the paint of greatest weakness will Satan make 
his strongest attack. 

As the only remedy, don't go to places of revel- 
ry. Don't go where people dance or piny at games 
of hazard or drink intoxicants. You lose all y 
influence for good by such associations. The 
world knows you are outside of your circle at such 
places and if the devil or his pals despise one 
son more than another it is he or she who wishes 
to please the world, the flesh and himself and God 
and all good men and women at the same time, 
We can not go to places of revelry without having 
our sense of spiritual danger blunted and be- 

As an illustration of this thought we recall the 
history of a tragedy that occurred during the oc- 
cupancy of the City of Moscow, in Russia, by the 
French army under Napoleon I. A graud compa- 
ny of French grandees and women who foil, -wed 
the fortunes of Napoleon, assembled for a. grand 
ball in one of the deserted palaces of Moscow' 
wealthy nobles and swiftly flew the feet of the rev- 
elers to the strains of ravishing music, and quick- 
ly sped the hours of night that proved to be the 
last to that merry brilliant throng of thought! 
dancers. The flames of the terrific conflagration 
that was laying the proud old capital in ruins, 
rolled in thundering waves toward the enchanted 
hall and the dance would occasionally cease that 
the intoxicated throng might view the awfully sub- 
lime and terrible spectacle. At Inst the approach 
of the flaming ocean warned them that they must 
move to securer quarters and it was jn'oposed to 
close the enchanting sport. A dashing, reckless, 
young French officer waived aloft his joweled hand 
and shouted, " One more dance aud defiance to the 
flames," and tho echo of his shout rang from every 
mouth and again was the giddy crowd whirling 
in the mazes of the fascinating dance, when a mes- 
senger dashed into the hall and shouted "Fly for 
your lives! Tho fire has reached the magazine." 
Instantly terror froze the hearts of tho thought- 
less revolers and another moment the palace with 
its sinning tenants was hurled into unrecognizable 
destruction. A magazine of powder wns slumber- 
ing in the basement of the palace and a touch of 
the tongue of flame let loose millions of the de- 
mons of destruction. 

Thus God's magazines of pent-up wrath are un- 
derneath all sinning men and women and you 
need, young brethren and sisters, to keep aloof 
from such places. They are the pitfalls andsuares 
ipread for your entanglement by our old-time en- 

After the Christinas sports are in the past, let it 
•not be said that one German Baptist of Lunen- 
burgh, was found engaged in them. Pray for spec- 
mi grace for that special period and an answer of 
pence will come from the far-off Fatherland. You 
will only have a few such trials and a successful 
resistance will be followed by the ministrations 
of comforting angels. There are many other sug- 

gestions that could lie appropriately made on these 
linos of Christian duty, but for the present these 
will suffice. May the Grace of God richly encom- 
pass and preserve' you unto the coming of the 
blessed Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ! 



Let every man endeavor to make the world hap- 
py, by a strict performance of his duty to God and 
man, and the mighty work of reformation will 
soon be accomplished. 

When I hear a person who has broken the laws of 
the land railed at, and hear people cry out, "Oh, 
he is a vile wretch; he deserves his sentence, for 
my part I can not throw a stone at him, but see 
that if God were to leave me to myself, I should 
commit as foul crimes, and a thousand times worse. 

Banish all malignant aud revengeful thought; 
a spirit of revenge is the very spirit of tho devil, 
than which nothing makes a man moro like him, 
and nothing can be more opposite to the temper 
which Christianity wns designed to promote. If 
your revenge be not satisfied, it will give you tor- 
ment now; if it be, it will give you greater here- 
after. None is a greater self-tormentor than a 
malicious and revengeful man, who turns tho poi- 
son of his own temper in upon himself. 
• « 

The perfect and everlasting happiness of heaven 
is an object of a righteous man's hope in death. 
He hopes to drop all his sins and their attendant 
train of sorrow behind him, and to be perfectly 
holy, and consequently happy forever. He hopes 
to see his God and Snvior, and to spend a happy 
eternity with him, and in his service. He hopes 
to join the company of angels, and of his fellow- 
saints of the human race. He hopes to improve 
in knowledge, in holiness, and in capacities for ac- 
tion aud enjoyment; in an endless gradation he 
hopes to see " the face of God in righteousness 
and to be satisfied when he awakes in his likeness." 
In short, he hopes to be unspeakably happy 
through an endless duration. 

A dying but immortal being, on the verge of 
eternity, is as solemn a spectacle ns the world can 
furnish. A hundred tender ties are then about 
to be severed. The delusions of the world are 
over; it can promise nothing more. It has done 
its utmost, and the total sum is vanity of vanities. 
Its shadowy joys ond sorrows, hopes aud fears, 
cares and possessions, nre now light as feather, 
weighed ngninst tho universe, and however once 
esteemed, can no longer pain or please, agitate or 
engage the immortal who is bidding them an eter- 
nal farewell. Tho past is nothing; but the future 
opens a tremendous, and, if true support is want- 
ing, a heart-apalling prospect. Now scenes, a 
new and untried world, — an eternity, vast, bound- 
less and endless, joy without mixture, or pain 
without relief, the mansions of light nnd glory, or 
the dark dungeons of despair, the welcome of an- 
gels, or tho yell of demons,— and the smile or 
frown of the Infinite Judge. 

" What others think of us depends on what we 
e, rather than on what we try to seem. Most of 
us hope to be counted as a whole better than we 
deserve, even though some of us think that we are 
likely to be undervalued at one point or another. 
Yet the truth is that what we are is sure to show 
itself in our conduct, in spite of all our efforts at 
seeming better than we are. In order to seoure 
the good opinion of others, we must first deserv* it." 



r brethren avail 
I suppose they 
To he frank, I 



The above title should be carefully considered 
by every brother and sister. The inquiry should 
arise in the mind, What have we gained by the 
reading of its columns during the past year? No 
doubt, some pleasant, as well as sail recollections 
revolve through the mind ill thus looking back. 
!Sonic have lost, by the resistless hand of death, 
a father, a mother, a brother or a sister. 

While, in some instances, the future prospects 
of the departed ones, are bright and clear, there 
are others, perhaps, in regard to whose future 
there is a doubt An unbidden sigh will occasion- 
ally force itself upon us. and cause us to exclaim, 
in silent groans. ■'Where are they?" We have 
this consolation, however, that they are in the 
hands of a just God, who will give to every one a 
just reward. 

Getting back to our subject,— the GosrEL Mes- 
senger.— to us. who have read its columns during 
the past year, — what has it been to usf Have we 
made a step in the right direction? Have we 
been made better, wiser, and happier? Have we 
tried to judge all that has been written, and do we 
hold fast the good? Has it been a friend to us,— 
a welcome visitor? We hold the Brethren church 
as the dearest,— the church of our choice. Why 
not let the Gospel Hessekgeb, also, be the pa- 
per of our choice? 

We arc aware that not all .1 
themselves of our church paper, 
think they litre lawful reasons, 
confess, that there have been times in the histo- 
ry of our church, when I have said, "I would not 
stop much and quit my church paper," Why? 
Well, because I thought things were not going 
right. There was too much controversy, to.) much 
backbiting, the genera! church government did 
not suit my views, etc. Whether any or ail of the 
above reasons would have justified me to do so, I 
will let the reader judge. However, the final con- 
clusion I came to was, 'Through what medium 
shall I gather satisfactory information concerning 
the general workings of our beloved Zion?" In 
reading the church paper, we bring before our 
vision old and beloved acquaintances, and form 
new ones. 

Why do not all of our Brethren get our church 
paper, or, rather, why do not more avail them- 
selves of the benefit of reading it? We admit 
that sometimes matter appears in its columns that 
is not relished, or not so palatable as might be 
desired, but, my Brethren, where can we (outside 
of the Bible I, get more solid and substantial 
ter than the price of the Messenger will give us? 
Of course, when we consider that the contribu- 
tions to its columns are, for the most part, free, 
that the advertisements help to pay expenses, and 
that the agents' pay for their trouble is, compara- 
tively, small, then we might begin to think that 
SL50 is high enough: but, stop, let us look at both 
sides. Sometimes we pay $1.50 for a paper, not 
any larger, treating on secular matters and seem 
to be satisfied, not considering the value of mat- 
ter published. We do not wonder, that so many 
of our poor Brethren do not take the church pa- 
per. Perhaps it is easier, after all, to speak of the 
sacrifices to be made, in order to avail ourselves 
of our church paper, than to go down into the real 
conditions of a brother who has a large family to 
maintain, single-handed, and who has, perhaps, a 
good deal of sickness to contend with. Perhaps a 
bright prospect in this life with him, is very dim. 
I tell you, brethren, sittiDg in our easy rocking- 
chairs, reading the columns of our church paper 
is one thing, but to enter into the feelings of the 
poor, the reoMy poor, and take their life into con- 

ideration. and make the necessary and Gospel- 
equired Sacrifices in helping them so they may 
■lljoy similar privileges as ourselves is quite 
another thing. The old year which has just 
closed should la- a good reminder of the nasi and 
present. The Gospel Messenoek, in some way, 
should reach those who can not afford, of their 
accord, to get it. Even then we should re- 
member, that though they get the paper, that 
atone will not keep the poor widows ami others 
from starving. 

As said in the beginning of this article, we have 
tepped out of the old year into the new. and as 
re take a review of the past year, we will see 
where a good many missteps have been made, a 
good many things have been done that might have 
been avoided, had we been watchful. We can 
never retrace our steps; we can never regain lost 
time. AVere the good works and deeds we have 
done in the past year put into a balance and brought 
before our view, some of us would, no doubt, be 
surprised how little we have done. 

So, as we enter upon a new year, let the motto 
of our life be, to live more holy and more devoted 
xv high calling, in order to be the better pre- 
pared to meet the diversified conditions and re- 
quirements of the coming year. It will require 
careful study of the Bible. Let that thought be 
first and foremost in the mind, and every other 
thought a secondary matter. Let us avail our- 

selves of the best 
Gosrsi. Messfxgi 

trnment, — froi 
eral church work, 
loss if we do not a 

1 say again 
ters avail themsel 

aligious literature, of which the 
1 should be the first. From it 
nainied with the general church 
local church work up to gen- 
We certainly sustain a great) 
ail ourselves of these essential/ 

L't all our brethren and sis- 

of the benefits of the church 

paper, and thus keep posted on the general church 

ork. Thereby they will be enabled to assist in 

all of its departments when called upon to do so. 

I will venture to say if we carefully read the 

columns of the Gospel Messengei: and practice 

d instruction contained therein, to the end 

of the year, 81.50, compared to the great benefit 

gained, will lie considered a small item. 

Friii Df/ki: Pa., Dec. 15. 


Provision has been made by many churches to 
supply the Messenger to the poor in their own 
congregations, and the publishers have met this 
generous spirit by furnishing the paper for this 
purpose, and where it is donated at SI. 00 per year; 
and where no provision has been made, we have 
furnished the paper free, in some cases, for many 
years. As a matter of fact we have several thou- 
sand names on our list at SI. 00 per year, and a 
large number for which we receive no pay. We 
have adopted the rule, however, that those who de- 
sire to receive the benefit of the paper at reduced 
price, or to lie placed on the free list, must apply- 
to our agents who can vouch for them. This 
ade necessary because sometimes advantage 
has. been taken of our offer. We want the pa- 
per placed in every family in the Brotherhood 
and if all who are able will subscribe and pay for 
it, we will see that those wdio are unable to pay for 
it get it free.— En. 

" Duty ought never to wait on feeling; but feel- 
ing ought always to wait on duty. A man ought 
never to pivot his duty on his feelings: but e 1 
man ought to conform his feelings to the demands 
of duty. Kind speech is a duty, whether a man 
feels kindly or not. But kindly feelings are al- 
ways a duty, and he who lacks them ought to set 
himself at acquiring them. Not feeling, but duty, 
must lead a man's course." 


what Hum vct'SL, ami ^l7uI i 

The above notice is timely and we hope it will 
stir us all up to prompt action in this good work, 
as we should know by next April what we can do, 
or depend upon. 

Furthermore, having consulted the Brethren in 
Indiana, in reference to the advantages of. a Home 
to care for our poor, compared with the eld way 
Of providing for them in families and local dis- 
its, their experience in [he work prompted them 
niswer very strongly in the affirmative, both as 
to donor and beneficiary; hence we are encour- 

;ed to push forward the good pi 

t set on foot, 
of Bible du- 
ll has always 

feeling assured it is within Ihe scopi 
ty. I rejoice that I can say, that 
been a practice of the church of Christ to care for 
her poor members, and while there are brethren 
soliciting for other purposes, — such as our schools, 
the Tract Work, etc.. we feel that the Old Folks 
and Orphans' Home stands between all the rest 
and the Bible. Speaking more plainly, it should 
be first, and I hope that our dear brethren v, 111 
look ;il it in that way and cheerfully and willingly 
donate as the Lord has prospered them. 

Notice further our appeal to our dear brethren 
and sisters, for sympathy and help in this good 
work, is not confined to Kansas. The members in 
Kansas, in the main, are in limited circumstances. 
and have their poor to see after, which they do 
cheerfully, according to their ability. In view of 
this fact any donation, from any part of the Broth- 
erhood, will be mo=t thankfully received. 

I thought of the response a number made to the 
ten-dollar call for the Chicago meeting-house. O 
how our hearts would beat with joy to find a num- 
ber of our dear brethren and sisters, all over the 
Brotherhood (especially from local churches who 
have no poor to keep), respond in a similar way 
to help us to start our home. We do not wish to 
stipulate any amount, but as the donor purposeth 
in his heart, so let him give,— not grudgingly— 
for God loveth a cheerful giver. 

Where there is no solicitor, send your donations 
to Bro. George Beady, Booth, Beno County, 
Kans., who will receipt to you by return mail, as 
our treasurer. (Bro. J. H. Hollinger, formerly 
named, has gone west. ) The money will be cared 
for, and reported and applied according to the best 
judgment of the committee. 

Any further information will be. gladly given by 
the secretary or the undersigned. We hope soon 
to hear from some sympathetic heart that beats in 
unison with ours. Enoch Eny. 

Booih, Kans. 

My Plan. 

. In Messenger of Nov. 18, I gave my plan of 
raising money for the Messenger Poor Fund. I 
suppose some are wondering how my plan worked 
this year. 

I left my home at Bockford, 111., on the evening 
before Thanksgiving Day, for Franklin Grove, 
111., in the Bock Biver church, Lee County. We 


had preaching at our Franklin Grove meeting- 
house on Thanksgiving Day. Out elder, Daniel 
Diorclorff, preached a good sermon, and Bro. Levi 
Trostle admonished us to give as the Lord had 
blessed us during the year. After the regular 
preaching services were over, we organized our 
Sunday-school, by electing Bro. D. B. Senger, Su- 
perintendent and Bro. D. F. Lahman, Assistant 
Superintendent. Our elder then stated that there 
were several solicitors on baud to take a Thanks- 
giving offering. Bro. J. L. Miller has the Tract 
Work in charge; he raised about $45.00 at the 
meeting for this grand and noble work. Just 
think how many thousand of tracts this will send 
out in 1891, and God only knows the good it will 
do! Let the good work go on! 
s- "We did fairly well this year for the Messenger 
' Poor Fund. I enclose, with this letter, a draft for 
$50.00 for this fund. Just think of the many 
hearts that will be made to rejoice, during 1891, 
by having a good church paper to read! I do not 
see why thousands of dollars could not be raised, 
if this matter were only looked after. If some 
one, in each church, would only take it in hand, 
it could be done. 

I will give a few lines from a letter I recently 
received from our beloved brother, Levi Trostle, 
whoso heart always burns for the good cause. 
He says, " I am pleased with the success you have 
made with your Messenger Poor Fund. While 
it has cost you a good deal of trouble, you certain- 
ly are more than repaid by knowing that fifty 
families have the Messenger visiting and preach- 
ing to them every week in the coming year. 
Counting the reading matter in each Messenger 
as ten sermons, and supposing that five persons 
read each family paper, you will have a congre- 
gation of '250, and you will be preaching, during 
the year. 500 sermons to those '250 readers. Who 
of us, that preach, does that much? Be eng- 
aged to go on and still enlarge your held of labor 
and usefulness." 

At our Thanksgiving meeting we took steps to 
aid the poor and needy in Kansas, Nebraska, and 
Dakota, and hope that much good may come from 
it, for they surely need help SWlLLIS A. Moore. 
Dec. 2U 1890. 


suppose they can bo raised easier than 
man of God to fake charge of the work. A man 
full of (In- Holy Ghost, with ability to stand with 
the men called t«> the pulpits of the city churches 
could do a good work. The citizens of Beading 
being largely descendants of the Pennsylvania 
Dutch clement, are more sociable than is general- 
ly the case. No doubt many more of our members 
will be drawn there by its many business enter- 
prises. Is it not our duty to help establish a 
church there? If there are other members, I wish 
they would report. I know there are others. Let 
us awake and work while the day lasts, for the 
night cometh wherein no man can work. Have 
we all read the articles called, "The Lord's Work- 
Shop?" Perhaps we had better read them agoin! 
W. W. Kulp. 
Poitsioion, Pa. 

Treasurer's Report. 

The following is a report of the Home Mission 
of the Middle District of Pennsylvania from Aug. 
4 to Dec. 17, 1800: 

Lewistown, § 3 62 

James A. Sell, house rent, 10 69 

James A. Sell, house rent, 5 00 

Lewistown, 3 58 

Lost Creek, D 65 

James A. Sell, house rent, 12 00 

Antietam, 30 00 


$68 54 

Andrew Bashohe, Treas. 

From Cartersville, Va. 

Blto. Kauffman returned Dec. o 
preached for us at Bro. Wm. Mall 
of the (Jth ami 7th. Pie did not 
Horeb on account of the rain, w 




preach at Mi 
licli prevented 
the audience from assembling. The prospect 
here is now- encouraging, AVe are in hopes that 
another minister will locate here. Bro. Kauifman 
is now our elder. Our former elder, Bro. B. F. 
Moomuw. being now seventy-two years of age, has 
given the work to younger hands. Brethren E. L. 
Brower and D. C. Moomaw have promised to la- 
bor among us this winter. We trust that they, as 
well as many others, will lie with us! 

Florida Etteh. 

From Reading 1 , Fa, 

I have just returned from that rapidly-growing 
City of Reading. It now contains 60,000 inhabi- 
tants. As I walked about the city or looked over 
it from the home of my sister, I felt sad, that we, 
as a jieople, have no church there. Wo have a few- 
members. I know of five. One brother and wife 
have three children. The oldest is about grown 
to manhood and has been converted at the M. E. 
church, but desires to unite with us. The chil- 
dren of a sister have all gone to the Baptists. 

Now, if it is necessary to salvation to practico 
the ordinances as we do, why has the Mission 
Board of Eastern Pennsylvania not established a 
mission in the oily? Is it for lack of funds? I 

From the Far West. 

Wipe and I left our home at Galesburg, Kans., 
Dec. 16, for the Far West. After sis days' travel 
over broad prairies, lofty mountains and deep 
canyons, we arrived safely at our destination, — Mos- 
cow, Idaho. Two brethren met us at the depot, 
After our long journey, we realized how good it is 
to be met by dear brethren, who kindly eared for us. 

Since we are here, wc have been visiting among 
the Brethren, getting acquainted and viewing the 
country. ■ AVe had some fears that the country 
would be much colder, with deeper snow than 
Kansas, but, so far, Hie weather is about the same 
as in Kansas. 

AVe are favorably impressed with the country 
as a i'armiug country. The numerous straw stacks, 
to be seen on every hand, prove it to be a wheat 
country. We are informed by the brethren that 
titty bushels of wheat are often obtained. 

Thus far wo have had threo meetings, with fair 
congregations, and, seemingly, very good interest. 
We will continue our meetings in Moscow for a 
short time, before we go to other points. Our 
friends and Brethren will pleaso note our change 
of location and address us accordingly. More 
anon. Sidney Hodgpex. 

Moscow, Idaho, Dec. 20, 1890. 

From Ashland, Ohio. 

We commenced a series of meetings at the Ma- 
ple Gtotg church, Ashland Co., Ohio, Dec. 13. 
Eld. F. B. Weinier, of Sterling, Wayne Go., Ohio, 
preached thirteen soul-stirring sermons for us. 
Congregations were fair from the start, with in- 
creased interest, but our meeting was suddenly in- 
terrupted on Sunday, Dec. 21, by the arrival of a 
messenger, who took Eld. Weimer back to his 
home congregation to conduct the funeral services 
of an old brother, who had suddenly passed to the 
Spirit land. Consequently our meeting arrange- 
ments were disturbed and we thought best to close 
for the present. Wo were favored with pleasant 
weather, moonlight nights, and good roads. 

On Sunday, Dec. 21, at the close of the services, 
Bro. J. E. Young's correspondence from Maywood. 

Nebr., in GOSPEL MesseNGEH No, 48, was read to 
the congregation by our elder. P,ro...u W ige-AVt>r9t. 
After the reading of the article, n public collec- 
tion was taken, which yielded, to the pour and 
needy of Kansas and Nebraska, $34.61. The dona- 
tion was immediately sent on its mission. Neigh- 
boring congregations are invited to do "likewise." 
David Snyder, Cor. Clerk. 

From Garrison, Iowa. 

BRO. B. F. Millek, of Alpena, Dakotn, came to 
us Dec, 10. and stayed until the 22nd. He labored 
faithfully while with us, pointing us to the duties 
we owe to him who has done so much for us. 
The meetings closed with increasing interest. 
May the Lord bless our dear brother in his Chris- 
tian work, and protect him on his journey home! 

Our Thanksgiving meeting was not very largely 
attended, so we continued our soliciting, and fin- 
ished up by Dee. 20, the date of our quarterly 
council. Our contributions were as follows: For 
the poor fnnd, §10.70; for the Quinlan mission, 
§9.55; for a poor widow, $8.00; amounting to 
$28.25 in all. 

Dear brethren and sisters, while we have made 
an effort to help along the cause of Christ, let us 
also ask him to bless all to his glory! 

Lizzie Johnson. 

From "Wayman Valley, Iowa, 

Ouit love-feast, which was held Oct, lb 1 , passed 
off pleasantly. Bro. Samuel Miller, of Waterloo, 
our elder, was with us; also Bro. M. Smith, of Bhck 
Hawk Co., Iowa, and Bro. Joshua Shultz, of Lost 
Nation, Iowa. AVe had a love-feast in the true 
sense of the word. AVe were few in number, but 
I think we had an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit 
and a refreshment from the presence of the Lord. 
After the feast, brethren H. Miller and M. Smith 
came over to AVayman A' alley and preached five 
sermons. As a result, one dear young sister came 
out on the Lord's side. I think there were others 
near the kingdom. 

Bro. Joshua Shultz remained to preach for the 
Brethren at the Kosecrans school-house. There 
were no additions, but some good impressions 
were made. There is only a little band of Breth- 
ren at that point. May we ever keep close to the 
old landmarks, find stand firm to the profession 
we made before God and many witnesses, so that 
finally we may come out more than conquerors. 
Elmika A. Hansel. 

East Elkporl, Iowa. 

From the Shoal Creek Church, Newton Co., Mo. 

The church here is progressing very slowly, on 
account of the members being scattered over so 
much territory, and an insufficiency iu the minis- 
try to fill all the calls made for preaching. Some 
of the Brethren on the outskirts have preaching 
only once, or. perhaps, two or three times a year. 

Oh, that we could have more faithful workers 
for the Lord's vineyard, that the many starving 
souls might eat and live! Why do so many of our 
Brethren pass over our part of the country, where 
we have good soil, plenty of water and cheap land, 
and where wo need their assistance in the church! 
Why do they go to Western Kansas, Oklahoma 
and other places, where crops, at best, are but un- 
certain ! 

Wo would gladly welcome, especially the minis- 
tering brethren, to stop as they pass through this 
part of the country, and give us some encourage- 

May God help our little band to work faithfully, 
and may we show to the world that we are contend- 
ing for the faith once delivered to the saints. 

Matilda Holderbeap. 

Ergo, Mo., Dec, 20. 


A Letter from Louisiana. 

Ox Monday, Sept. 22, I leit my deur parents, 
home and friends in Central Pennsylvania. I 
stopped at Huntingdon between I rains, to say 
farewell to my sister Lizzie and to the Brethren at 
that place. 

Here I was joined by Bro. Simes who was, like 
myself, on his way to the Sunny South to teach 
school. We traveled together to. New Orleans. 
Here we parted, Bro. Himes going north-west to 
till a position in the State Normal at Natchitoches, 
and I due west, one hundred and twenty-five 
miles, by the Southern Pacific railroad to New- 
Iberia, where I am now engaged in public school 
work. I have taught one week in the third month 
of a nine-month term. 

This town is situated on the beautiful Bayou 
Teche, and in a country, recognized by Louisi- 
anians as the garden spot of their State. It is 
familiar to admirers of Longfellow as the " Land 
of Evangeline." 

Many of the Creole population of this section 
are descendants of those ill-treated Acadians, who, 
in the early history of our country, were forced by 
the British from the happiness and contentment 
of their Northern homes. I imagine that the 
present generation are exceedingly well satisfied 
that fate or fortune has placed them here, for 
nature has undoubtedly done more for this country 
than she did for the land of their forefathers. 

Bice and cotton are raised here, but the land is 
peculiarly adapted to cane, of which there is an 
unusually large crop just being harvested. Land 
is worth from S10 to $50 per acre. 

The climate here is healthful and the weather, 
since my arrival, has been delightful. I have a 
little tire in my room to-day,— the first I have had 
for a month. Some of the teachers have had no 
fire in their school-rooms this fall. 

I am pleased with everything I find, excepting 
one thing, — the religious influences and privileges, 
by which I have always been surrounded. 

"When I came South, I knew of no members in 
the State. I had not been here long, however, 
until I received an invitation from Bro. Simon 
Sutter to come and visit them. Bro. Sutter had 
learned of our coming to Louisiana through the 
columns of the Messen'GEB, and of our location 
from Bro. H. B. Brumbaugh. 

Bro. Sutter lives about two miles from Evange- 
line, which is on the Southern Pacific railroad. 
about sixty-five miles west of here. His post- 
office address is Esterly. 

I at once determined to go to see the Brethren 
at that place, for Bro. Sutter told me that there 
were ten members within a radius of five miles. 
On Saturday, Nov. 29, I boarded the train and, 
after a pleasant ride of less than three hours, 
- through as fine a country as I ever saw, the train 
stopped at my objective point, where a conveyance 
was waitiug to take me to the home of our brother. 
Here I met sister Sutter and the rest of this 
happy and interesting Christian family. 

They are situated on the only prairie in the 
State. The land is rich and well watered, but 
never subject te overflow. There is an abundance 
of timber a short distance away. The land i> 
adapted to rice, cotton and corn, as well as pears, 
figs, grapes and many other fruits. All kinds of 
vegetables grow very well. 

This is a new country. Land is very ©hi ap and 
there is an abundance of it. It sells for from five 
to fifteen dollars per acre. In a few years it will, 
without doubt, be as valuable as Northern lands. 
The progressive Southern people are pleased to 
see the Northern people come in among them. 
But those who go to this section of the South, 
will find others to welcome them besides the 
Southern people, for it in a settlement, composed 

almost entirely of Northern people. I judged 
this before I left the cars, for I noticed that the 
houses were generally built with two stories. 

1 can not think otherwise than that any mem- 
bers, who think of seeking a new location for 
their future home, would do well to visit that 
section, see the country and meet the Brethren 
there. I can not see how any one could help but 
be pleased. Bro. Sutter takes great pleasure in 
entertaining the Brethren and showing them 

The Brethren are desirous of seeing others come 
and settle with them and build up a church. A 
minister should be induced to settle there, for 
much good could be done. 

I returned to my work on Monday morning, 
well pleased with my trip. W. M. Howe. 

New Iberia, La., Dec. 6. 

A Season of Refreshing-. 

Brethren Frank Myers and William Eisen- 
bise, of Mount Carroll, 111., came to the Spring 
Creek church, Iowa, and held meetings from 
Nov. 20 until Dec. 9. The brethren proclaimed 
the Word of God with tho power of the Spirit, 
giving encouragement to the saints, and causing 
sinners to tremble and flee from the wrath to 

Dec. 4, the ice was removed from the stream, 
and five precious souls were buried in the liquid 
grave, we trust, to walk in newness of life. Dec. 
9, four more were baptized. One that had strayed 
away, returned to the fold again. 

This church was organized Feb. 21, 1880, with 
eighteen members. We have not received any 
additions by immigration since that time, but 
some have moved away,, some have gone to their 
reward, and others have fallen away. At L present, 
we number forty-nine in all. We have held our 
meetings in school -liousc3 \vp to the present. The 
church is now making an effort to build a meet- 
ing-house. We had a council Dec. 13, and it was 
decided to put forth every effort to raise money 
enough to build a plain, substantial building. 
We are much iu need of a house, but will not go 
in debt. Our church is alive and active, and. do- 
ing all in her power to raise means enough to 
build. May the Lord bless our undertaking, not 
only in building a house of worship, but in our 
efforts to build up his kingdom in this part of his 
moral heritage! 

About one year ago it was said through the 
ME6SENGEB that dark clouds (or words to that ef- 
fect) were resting upon us. Whatever may have 
been true of that time, it certainly is different at 
present. The Sun of Righteousness is shedding 
his glorious light upon us, and we rejoice. 

Bight here I wish to drop a word of caution to 
dear brethren and co-laborers in the vineyard 
of the Lord As we go among the churches, wc 
may see some things that are not as they should 
be. Every church has her little home troubles 
that do not need to be made public. It is theirs 
to settle, if possible, and thus save exposure. 
Matt. IS holds good in reference to churches as 
well as to individuals. If individual members 
have trouble, they are commanded to settle their 
trouble between themselves, if possible. The 
church need not know anything about it. $o it 
with different branches of the church. Their 1 
tie home troubles are to be settled at horn"©, and 
not to be spread abroad. In view of these facts, 
let us not be too ready to expose churches to the 
entire Brotherhood. It is not the right tiling to 
do, ae i\ surely does not promote the cause of our 
Muster, and ofttimes proves injurious 1m the 
church thus exposed. The Scripture tells us that 
charity covers a multitude of sins. True charity 
does not expose to the public gaze, all that we see 

and hear. Let us be careful in all things, and 
may our Heavenly Father, in his infinite goodness 
and love, direct our minds aright, that all we Bay 
and do may be to the honor and glory of God! 
M. H. Fowlek. 
Frcdcvicksburgh, Iowa, Dec. is. 

Our Lunenburgh Meeting. 

On the morning of Dec. 7 I left the busy, bus- 

ug avenues of Boanoke City, to assist the Breth- 

n of Lunenburgh County, Ya., in a series of meet- 

gs. Without serious detention, I arrived at 
the hospitable home of Bro. Jos. Oliver, one of 
the deacons of the congregation. Bro. "Joe," as 
everybody calls him, keeps "open house" and 
every one is " at home " the moment his door-step 


On Saturday eveniug we met a full house at 
their usual 2>lace of meeting, and a delightful serv- 
of song and prayer and reading and preach- 
occupied the passing hours. The Brethren 
have an evergreen prayer-meeting there, which 
rubles every Saturday evening and continues 
several hours. As a natural result, an excellent 
spirit prevails throughout tho year and I found, in 
actual experience, that the usual ico-melting period, 
incident to the beginning of most revival meet- 
ngs, was thus rendered delightfully short. 

Sunday morning and evening and each evening 
following till the 23rd, tho meetings continued 
increasing interest. Hundreds attended, and 
only at two meetings was the house capable of 
holding the people, and I have never seen such 
unabated and intense interest. They seemed to 
be especially interested in hearing our peculiar 
doctrines preached and generally were willing to 
concede that they were supported by the Script- 

Twenty-nine were baptized as the immediate re- A 
suit of the meetings, and others are contemplating 
the step. 

On the evening of the 14th, the feast of charity 
and accompanying ordinances were observed by 
forty-eight members, and all seemed greatly to 
enjoy the solemn services. There are now about 
eighty members enrolled. Since the organization, 
Aug. S, 18S8, one has died and six have been lost 
by desertion. We are hopeful of reclaiming some 
of them. 

The members are faithfully walking in all the 
ordinances and commandments of the Gospel, and 
a more loving band of Christians is seldom seen. 
" By this shall all men know that ye are my dis- 
ciples, if ye have love one for another," is the 
grand and supreme test, and they strive to meet it 
literally. Work and pray is their watch-word, 
and their fervent spiritual life is the natural out- 

They are a great power in that County, where 
the average spiritual life is not as bright as it 
should be, and with God's blessing on thorn, the 
day is not distant when strong congregations of 
Christians, jnofessmg and practicing the primi- 
tive doctrines and habits, will be established 
throughout th«t large region, heretofore un- 
known to our. Brethren. The churches that have 
heretofore been dependent on a salaried ministry, 
are waning in spiritual and numerical strength, 
and once flourishing congregations of Baptists 
and Methodists aro now pastorless and dispirited, 
and the more spiritual of their members seem will- 
ing to consider our claims to their confidence and 

Many of our acquisi 

iplicit obedii 

are from the immer- 
3 belief in the doc- 
iclines them to listen 

>f the constituents of 

willingly to our expk 

The brethren and sisters there have a great and 

Jan. 6, 1891. 


grand mission to perform. If our principles 
flourish or decay, it will bo as their life's influence 
tends. The vigilant eyes of the country are upon 
them, and their every word and act is duly noted 
and measured by the Word which they profess to 
believe and practice. If they are faithful to their 
solemn baptismal vows, and strive to grow into 
the likeness and image of Christ, many thousands 
of the amiable, loving people of their country will 
join them as the years roll by. God grant them 
the graces of love for his Word and for each other, 
and meekness and peace and all kindred qualities! 
D. 0. Moomaw. 

From Maywood, Nebr. 

We are glad to know that a number of churches 
have responded to the calls made for the needy of 
our country, and hope that many others will be 
induced to do the same. 

A few days ago we received 821.50 from the 
Weeping Water church, Nebr., for the needy of 
our church at this place. May the Lord bless the 
donors ! 

There are many people here, that are suffering 
for the comforts of life. There will be a great 
many more, if they are not supplied till something 
can be raised again. Articles of clothing, pro- 
visions, graiu, garden seeds, etc., would be grate- 
fully received. 

Bro. J. E. Young is giving the particulars of 
the condition of the country as near as any one 
can. He has been laboring faithfully for the 
spiritual welfare of the people, as well as their 
temporal. He only held a few meetings near us 
since he has been here. We could not have the 
school-house, as it was used for other meetings. 
What preaching he did do, aroused the people 
very much. Many are inquiring after the Truth. 
We are anxious to have our brother do more 
preachiug and he expects to do so, if the Lord 

There are more workers needed in tins country 
to feed the people with the Bread of Life. Soul 
are starving for it. While reading reports o 
meetings where there are so many able minister: 
present, many times my heart has been made to 
ache. I believe there are enough ministers 
Brotherhood, and also enough extra means, to sup- 
ply all the wants. May God help us to see and 
act as he would have us do! Jennie Phillips. 

Home-Going of Elder S. H. Sprogle, Iff. D. 

WITH a saddened yet jubilant heart, I chronicle 
the exodus of our beloved and widely-known 
brother, Samuel H. Sprogle. No doubt to many 
readers of this notice it will bring a pang, as of 
personal bereavement. 

His father, Eld. John Sprogle, will bo remem- 
bered by the older readers of this journal, as one 
of the pillars and Boanerges of half a century ago. 
He was "mighty in the Scriptures," with a heart 
as large as the world and larger, — in labors and 
self-sacrifice a modern Paul. His son, the subject 
of this sketch, inherited largely his father's men- 
tal and moral characteristics, with greatly inferior 
physical capabilities. He had a strongly marked 
scrofulous diathesis, which developed itself early 
in his professional career, and became a festering 
"thorn in the flesh" during the remainder of his 
earthly pilgrimage. 

He and I were office chums as medical students 
in 1852-3, pursued our curriculum partly at the 
same college, he going out from our Alma Mater 
to practice the Eclectic Healing Art, and I to a 
life of invalidism, wider studies, and a course of 
providential training to humble ray pride, sanctify 
my ambition, and lit me for a higher, but leas os- 
tentatious mission than what I had marked out 
for myself. 

In his convictions and their maintenance, the 
Doctor was granitic. He was exceedingly versa- 
tile, looked well at central points and took in a 
large range of correlations before halting in con- 
clusions; but when once reached, they were fixed 
mental furniture. He was a man of native refine- 
ment aud of the most delicate sensibilities, qual- 
ities which rendered him very welcome in the 
sick-room, and no less in his diagnosis and treat- 
ment of soul-maladies. As a counsellor in eccle- 
siastical perplexities he was prompt, comprehen- 
sive, firm yet genial. As a minister, ho was 
evangelic, energetic, full of thought, and seldom 
passed from the expository to the hortatory form 
of delivery. As a Sabbath-school worker, ho was 
especially magnetic aud efficient. His whole soul 
was on fire for the Christian nurture of children 
and youth. He would hold the little ones spell- 
bound. A Barnabas has left us, a " man greatly 
beloved," and "he being dead, yet speaketh." On 
whom shall his mantle fall? It is worth wearing. 
While living and practicing in Shannon, 111., 
the Doctor passed through the supreme crisis that 
turned him from darkness to light, from the 
power of Satan unto God," and "translated him 
to the Kingdom of His Dear Son." He shortly 
after became a member of the Waddam's Grove 
church. A few years later, he was elected to the 
deaconship, and a few years later still, to the min- 

His health failing, he moved to the Southern 
border of Kansas where he labored in gathering 
and organizing a church. There, two years ago, 
he was advanced to the Bishopric. In the spring 
of 1889 he returned east, and settled in Harris- 
burg, Pa., where he practiced medicine and 
preached the Gospel until a month within his de- 
parture to "the inheritance of the saints in light," 
For nearly twenty years, he was-afflicted with 
scrofulous ulcers on various parts of his body, 
which often caused him intense suffering, and 
largely hindered both his professional and minis- 
terial functions. About a month before his end, 
the ichor of his sores was absorbed into his circu- 
lation, blood-poisoning ensued, and he sank rap- 
idly. His agonies were often extreme, but his 
patience was greater, and his hope of glory uu- 
dimmed. I stood at his bedside as he passed 
through the mystic Beulah Land, and his face 
seemed verily radiant. 

He expired at 7 P. M., Dec. 12, and was interred 
on the 16th. His age was fifty-five years, eleven 
months, and sixteen days. 

His remains were brought from Harrisburg, 
twelve miles, and interred within a few rods of 
where I am penning these lines, in the cemetery 
of the West Hanover church, in the Big Swatara 

Bro. John H. Witmer delivered the principal 
funeral discourse. Text: 2 Tim, 4: G, 7, 8. The 
main emphasis was laid on the word "heady," 
and its radical antecedents; and the word " hence- 
forth," and its glorious certainties. Two mighty 
pivot-words, essential to all holy living and tri- 
umphant dying. Eld. David Etter and Bro. 
Samuel Reed followed with confirmatory exhorta- 
tions. "Precious in the sight of the lord is 


Union Deposit, Pa. 

From Spsncerville, Ind. 

The Little St. Joe church, of DeKalb County, 
is still pressing toward the great prize'. Feeling 
the need of a house of worship, we decided to 
build one. It is now completed. Oct. 18 it was 
dedicated. Brethren J. T. Felthouse and Peter 
Long, of Lagrange County, were with us and con- 
ducted the services. 

Bro. Felthouse came again Nov. 22, and com- 

menced meetings the same evening in the church. 
He continued until the evening of Dec. 7. There 
seemed to be a good interest. Three were made 
willing to accept the invitation to come to Christ, 
aud were baptized, we trust, to walk in newness of 
life. Two more made application to be received. 

While the general health is good in the neigh- 
borhood, yet death is in our midst. On Saturday 
rening, when Bro. Felthouse commenced preach- 
ing, word came that a man, — Neal Baldwin, — liv- 
ing just close to the church, had passed away. 
Bro. Felthouse remained to preach the funeral on 
Monday, and then took his leave, to return home 
for a few days. May the blessing of God rest up- 
on the church and upon the labors of his servants 
ovcry-where! John Stafford. 

From the Osage Church, Kans. 

We had a very interesting meeting on Thanks- 
giving Day. A collection was taken for the 
Southern Kansas mission work. The brethren 
continued the meetings over Sunday. Our home 
brethren, — eldei-B Martin and J. H. Neher, — did 
the preaching. Although there were no acces- 
sions to the church, I think the members were 
all built up in their most holy faith. 

On Saturday, Dec. 6, wo held our quarterly 
council. Much important business was transacted, 
but a general good feeling and brotherly love 
seemed to prevail. We decided to hold an elec- 
tion for a minister, Dec. 8. Bro. Eli M. Wolfe 
was chosen to till that important office. 

J. B. Wolfe. 

Monmouth, Kans., Dec. 8. 

To the Churches of Southern Illinois. 

I am informed by the Missionary Committee 
that there are now nine mission points filled, and 
that there are calls for several more. It is also 
known that we have money loaned out, the interest 
of which helped along last year, but as §300 of 
that amount has now been donated to the church 
at Litchfield for the meeting-house, this cuts down 
the principal, and hence the interest. 

If there is not sufficient money paid in, the com- 
mittee will be obliged to use still more of the 
principal. At the present rate it will not be long 
till we will have no principal to fall back on. Then 
what? Our mission work is growing and the ex- 
pense in like proportion, and if we do not keep up 
now, we will then have to stop work or get the 
District in debt. I believe the dear brethren and 
sisters of Southern Illinois have too much of the 
spirit of the Master to permit either; hence let 
us push the work by supporting the cooimittee. 
I believe they are economizing as much as possi- 
ble and their desire is to keep, if possible, the 
present interest-bearing principal. Remember, it 
is better to "save at the brim than at tho bottom." 
Send both General Mission 
money to the undersigned, a 
oral and District Council. 

id District Mission 
requested by Gen- 
C. Bucher, 


Astoria, III. 

" Too many think that God is cuttiug down the 
tree, when he is but lopping off its luxuriant 
branches. They imagine that he is demolishing 
the superstructure, when he is only laying a right 
foundation. Poor souls, he is nipping the flowers, 
but plucking up the weeds; ho is not laying your 
land fallow, but ploughing the field; he is not put- 
ting out the light, but snuffing the candle. Prov- 
idence hath a beautiful face under a black mask. 
God has the fairest ends in the foulest ways. The 
sheep may be dipped in water to wash it, when 
there is no design in the Good Shepherd to drown 



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like the Messengei; 

Bro. Daniel Yaniman will spend some time 
traveling among the churches this winter. 

Nine additions by baptism at North Man- 
chester, Ind. 

Mary E. Holer, of Clyde. Cloud Co., Mo., 
wants the address of James Burd, formerly of 
Tama Comity, Iowa. Who will send it to her? 

B110. Noah Fisher is the treasurer of the Old 
Folks 1 Home in Middlo Indiana, and his address is 
Perrysburg, Miami Co., Ind. For some cause it 
does not. appear in the Almanac. 

Sister Sarah E. Renner, of Milton, Umatilla 
Co., Oregon, has been distributing tracts, and 
would like to have the Brethren come and preach 
the Word. Will our Oregon brethren look after 
this call ? 

r Under date of Dec. 22, 1890, Bro. Sharp says: 
"There were eleven baptized at the College 
yesterday, and two more applicants came forward 
in the evening. All are students but one, who 
is also a member of our Sunday-school." 

Bro. J. C. Lahman and wife are enjoying the 
mild and healthful climate of Florida this winter. 

Two of the students at this place were received 
into church fellowship by baptism on the last day 
of the old year. ' _ 

Bro. J. W. Jarboe has moved to Nebraska, and 
should now be addressed, Box 144, Republ 
City, Harlan County that State. 

Bro. Daniel Snell has been holding a series 
of meetings in the Tippecanoe church, Ind. W 
expect a good report from that field. 

We acknowledge a kind invitation from Bro. C. 
H. Balsbaugh to visit his home on our Eastern 
trip. Sorry we did not have time to accept his, as 
well as many other invitations received. The 
nine weeks were much too short. How rapidly 
they passed away ! 

Bro. J. E. Young, of Beatrice, Nebraska is re- 
iving a number of donations from various parts 
of the Brotherhood for the Western sufferers, and 
will report all money received through the Mes- 
senger. He will also give a full statement of the 
use made of the money. 

Brethren Lemuel Hillery and W. H. Leaman, 
of Reece, Kansas, held a series of meetings in the 
Spring Creek church. Three had been baptized 
and four more made application for membership. 
Bro. Leaman says: " We have seen no better open- 

g for work than this in the West." 

Eld. S. B. Shirkey reports good meetings in 
the Wakendah congregation, Rockingham Co., 
Mo. Bro. D. B. Gibsou did the preaching. Bro. 
Shirkey says: " The result of the meeting was 
eleven baptized and two reclaimed. This makes 
forty-four baptized since the Miller and Sommer 



„ T3ro. Emmanuel Leckrone, of Silver Lake, Ind., 
reports good meetings in the church at that place. 
Bro. John W. Metzger was with them and 
preached seventeen sermons. Nine were added 
to the fold of Christ. Bro. John Metzler com- 
menced meetings at the West house and Bro. 
Leander Pottinger at the East house Dec. 23. A 
full report will be given when the meetings close. 

Bro. C. D. Hylton, of Hylton, Va., reports 
twenty-four inches of snowfall at that place Dec. 
16, 1890. It was the heaviest snowfall known in 
that latitude for many years. 

Dcr Bviulcrhole, published by Bro. J. S. Snyder, 
at McPherson, Kansas, is our German church 
paper, and should receive the support of all our 
German Brethren. The paper can not be made 
self-supporting unless our German Brethren will 
subscribe for it and help to support it. There 
are churches in some parts of Pennsylvania where 
the paper ought to be largely circulated, and we 
hope our brethren, who read this notice, will make 
a special effort to secure subscribers for the Ger- 
man paper. Go to see the members who read 
the German, and ask them to subscribe for the 
BrUdei'bole. The price has been reduced from 
S1.00 to seventy-five cents per year. Bro. Snyder 
also publishes the Educator and Companion, 
a paper devoted to education and to the interest 
of McPherson College. . It is one among the best 
educational journals that comes to our desk. H( 
will send the Educator and Brilderbote to one ad- 
dress, one year for $1.50. Write to him for full 

We learn that Bro. S. S. Mohler is making 
some improvement in health. He has been a 
great sufferer, and has passed through a severe 
furnace of affliction. His recovery is slow, but it 
is sufficient to encourage us to hope he may again 
be fully restored to health. May God comfort 
and restore him! 

The Special Bible Work, including tbo series 
of Doctrinal Sermons, recommended by our last 
Annual Meeting, commenced on the fifth inst, at 
Huntingdon, Mi Morris, and McPherson schools. 
We believe that much good will result from these 
special Bible Courses, and we hope our brethren 
will avail ' themselves of the opportunity thus 
offered to become better acquainted with the 
Bible, and the doctrines of the church. 

Bro. B. F. Moomaw reports an excellent Thanks- 
giving meeting with a liberal donation for local 
church work. We are glad to know that our 

Thanksgiving meetings are becoming more and 
more practical, and that our people are showing by 
their actions that they are thankful to God for the 
abundance of his blessings. It is a good thing to 
give thanks unto the Lord, and to give something 
to the cause of Christ only shows how our hearts 
■e filled with gratitude. 

Since our last report the following pledges have 

ien received for the Chicago meeting-house: 
Geo. B. Knepper, Iowa, §10; Elizabeth Knepper, 
Iowa, £5; Lida Knepper, Iowa, $3; Susan Now- 
some, Iowa, S2; J. F. Eikenberry, Iowa, 85; Emma 
Kulp, §10; M. Snyder, Iowa, $10; Jacob and 
Amanda Witmore, Missouri, S10: J. E. Gnagy. 
Maryland, §10; Stephen Johnson, Iowa, $10. 
Cash received: Coal Creek church, Illinois, S10.50; 
Lizzie A. Hyde, Dakota, $4; Sisters' Mission, 
Huntingdon, Pa. : S10; D. G. Hendricks, Chester, 
Pennsylvania, $10; H. Famsworth, Washington, 
Iowa, §10. Notice in this list that Iowa occurs a 
number of times. Are there not somo brethren 
and sisters in Indiana and Ohio, that want an in- 
terest in the Chicago meeting-house'? If so, send ' 

your pledges. 

In another column brethren Eby and Crist set 
forth the aims and purposes of the Old Folks' 
Home, which has been located at Booth, Kansas. 
This is one of those benevolent institutions for 
helping the poor and unfortunate, that appeals to 
all whom the Lord has blessed with this world's 
goods. Some there are who say: "We do not 
feel like giving for missionary work, we want to 
use our means for helping the poor." Now here 
is a golden opportunity to help the poor, and we 
just wish that the treasurer of the Kansas Home 
may be flooded with pledges until the cry shall 
be, " Hold, enough." There shall be, in the future, 
no excuse for those in our church who ore hoard- 
ing up God's bounty. The avenues are open all 
around and about them, and if they fail, the re- 
sponsibility will rest upon them. The church is 
doing her part, as a body, in establishing charita- 
ble institutions, in mission and tract work, and in 
looking after her educational institutions. She 
opens up the avenues for giving. God's bless- 
ings are promised to those who give, and now, 
why do we hesitate? Let us give to help the poor, 
aud then will we be in the line of duty ; remember- 
ing the words of the prophet, " Undo the heavy 
burdens; let the oppressed go free; break every 
yoke; deal thy bread to the hungry; bring the 
poor that are cast out to thy house. When thou 
seest the naked, cover him and hide not thyself 
from thine own flesh. Draw out thy soul to tin- 
hungry— then they that be of thee shall build the 
old waste ploces, and thou shalt raise up the 
foundations of many generations." Who will help 
to raise up the foundations of the Brethren's Old 
Folks' and Orphans' Home at Booth, Kansas? 

(i, 1891. 


Out of tho old : 
come onel go. Th 
bore upon its peg. 
year 1890; this be! 
How soon tho dai 
sped away, anel ah 

the last imp 
9 the first erf tl 


t pass awa 
. but let ■ 

the new is done, 
time? We all k 
of us. Then let 
on a summer da 
that tho work we have to 
labor in the Master's 
hearts and willing hands, 
years will bring us neare 
beyond the flood. 

And what of the old yt 
What of 

nd so the years 
f the Messenger 
lint of the dying 
i new year 1891. 
of the old year 
of our work for 
;o the speed of 

i for 

i tie 


r:hiet concern be 
ell done: that we 
1 with cheerful 

• that has gone fo 


all, we send 
God's blessing 
we be faithful 


n'd? What has the recording 
angel written over against our names and our 
lives in the great book that is to be opened when 
the old year dies not and the new never comes? 
Behold what is written is written. We may profit 
by past experience, but squandered substance, 
wasted time, neglected opportunities never return 
again. The record is made, the books are closed, 
and the balance sheet for 1890 is finished, and 
we turn away from the past with its errors, sad 
heart that our work was not better done. 

But what of the future V We hope. Ah, what 
would the soul do without hope? Surely, it is an 
anchor, both sure and steadfast. We hope to im- 
prove upon the past, to do better, to advance in 
the spiritual life, to have more love for God and 
for humanity, to have more human sympathy, to 
care " less for people and more for persons " to 
have more zeal for the cause of Christ, and to be 
more like our Divine Master. God help us to 
grow up to the full stature of manhood in Christ 

And what of the MESSENGER? Our aim is, and 
has been to make it above all things, a true, 
Christian journal, an exponent, of apostolic and 
Christianity, a church paper without 


paper that 
We believ. 

the ( 

y who may differ with us, a 
.nly the spirit of the Master, 
jspel doctrines and principles, 
1 by the Brethren church, and 
rt and soul, ill her struggle to 
ty. We believe she has 
Id, and our desire h 

as held and , 

we are with her, hea 

uphold primitive Chr 

a mission to till in th 

God gives us ability, to help her fill that 

She stands against the fashionable follies, the 

empty forms and hollow pretensions of the age, 

and in this straggle she needs the help of all her 

sons and daughters. Home there are. who seem to 

be weary of the fight, — and who does not g 

weary at times and sigh for the land of rest? But 

let us continue faithful unto death, and we shall 

receive a crown of life. Let the weary ones 

fresh courage. Let us gird up our loins anew, and 

labor faithfully until 
called up higher. 

To our readers w 
week in an entire n. 
much worn, and new 
this expense so that 
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in the past, will give 

rk is do 

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send the Messenger this 
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s purchased. We incurred 
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ssurancc that wo will leave 
nake the Mes- 

nothing undone in the future to m 
sengeu a credit to our church. We hope to con- 
tinue our visits to all of yon for the year 1891. 
We can not afford to lose a single subscriber, and 
we do not believe you can afford to do without the 


We closed our last letter at New Enterprise, 
Pennsylvania, and at that time we expected to 
close this correspondence in the last issue of the 
Messenger for 1890, but our labor was interfered 
with by severe illness, which kept us pretty close- 
ly confined to the house for about a week. Dur- 
ing our stay at New Enterprise we stopped at the 
pleasant and comfortable home of Bro. Geo. S. 
and sister llosa Myers. When sickness comes to 
us, we appreciate a good home, aud surely we had 
all that heart could desire in this direction. Wo 
were most kindly cared for. The brethren and 
sisters at New Enterprise showed us many acts of 
kindness, and Bro. George aud sister Eosa did all 
in their power to make our stay with them pleasant 
and comfortable. We shall not soon forgot their 
kindness. May the Lord bless and reward them! 
As soon as we were able to travel, we went to 
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where we spent two 
days, and then started for home, reaching Mount 
Morris Dee. 'i% after an absence of nearly te 
weeks. We were glad to get home again, and w 
felt that the Lord had wonderfully blessed and 
sustained us in our journey and in our labors. 
We had arranged to visit* several churches in 
Morrison's Cove, but were unable to do so. 

The Cove, as it is commonly called, is one of the 
strongholds of our church. .Four Annual Meet- 
ings have been held iu Morrison's Cove, the first 
in 1825, the second iu 1840, the third in 1863, and 
the fourth, and last, iu 1877 at New Enterprise. 
This meeting was held nine miles from the near- 
est railroad station, and was among the last of 
our Annual Conferences that convened in a barn. 
We only need to refer to the fact, that in theso 
days we are not even satisfied to have our con- 
ferences located on the Hue of a single railway, 
owing to the difficulty experienced iu handling 
the crowds who attend the meetings, to show that 
there has been a wonderful increase in the at- 
tendance at our Annual Meetings. Think of locat- 
ing the meeting nine miles from a railroad station 
to-day, and yet, only thirteen years have passed 
since the Conference was held at that distance 
from the railroad. 

The Yellow Creek church, with its principal 
house of worship at New Enterprise, Pa., is strong 
in numbers and in tho ministry. Brethren Joseph 
Z. Replogle and Chas. L. Buck are the elders. 
Brethren Geo. S. Myers, Levi Stuckey, L. F. Hol- 
singer and David T. Detwiler are their co-laborers 
in the ministry. Besides the large meeting-house 
at New Enterprise, which has a seating capacity 
of 1,000, they have a house at Salemville. oue at 
Waterside, another at Snyder's, and still another 
at Imlertowii. The membership numbers about 
throe hundred, whilst iii Bedford Count 



it Hui 

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o of ei 

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ucation in Peunsylv 
recently completed 

of building 

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the Huut- 



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f Ih 

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the work. The fac 
■getic educators, an 

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is not 

d f< 

r its 

thoroughness. We 

heard this 



the w 

ark commented on 

in Eastern 

Pennsylvania, am 
school enjoys nil . 
educational work. 

wo are glad to ki 
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ow that the 
>r thorough 



vith some of the brethren 

engaged in 

the wo 

rk, a 

id dis 

ussed at some lengt 

i our church 

and educat 

onal work, and our relatii 

u to it. To 

us the 
talk ov 

of views i 
er our wor 

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helpful, and when 
e, in a kind and Chi 

An inter- 
ve meet and 
istiau spirit, 

vania, there are one thousas 
the Brethren's church. 

Our meetings at this phi 
ed, but were discontinued 
The large meeting-house, 
and the people seemed t 
message we had for then 

abers of 

were largely attend- 
l account of sickness. 
ix80, was well filled 
be interested in the 
i. AVe regretted verj 
much that we were unable to continue the work 
but we willingly submitted it all to the will of the 

it is always helpful. Differences do arise; we 
can not all see alike, but of this one thing we are 
glad, that the Brethren at Huntingdon express 
themselves strongly as being fully in sympathy 
with the general Brotherhooel, including the 
Gospel principle of plainness, and that they are 
laboring to carry out this principle iu their 
hool work, and we hope they will succeed in 
their efforts. In their work they need not so much 
adverse criticism, as they do loving sympathy aud 
kind words of encouragement. They i 



school w. 
nent. We 


r brethren, who are en- 
lel they need help and en- 
i number of the students 
! dining hall, and we were 
re saw. The school is in 
and the winter and spring 
i the history of 


in the Chapel anel in the 

well pleased with what v 

a prosperous condition, 

terms promise to be the largest 

the institution. 

AVe visited tho home of sister Quiuter, and had 
a pleasant interview with herself anel family. As 
we sat in the library, which remains just as it was 
left by dear Bro. Quiuter, when he left his home 
for the last time, we could not realize that ho 
was gone. AA r e felt that we must see him at his 
desk, where he spent so much of his time, and 
where we saw him for the last time in his home, 
when we visited him a few years before his death. 
Sister Quiuter is anxious to have a selection made 
of Bro. Quinter's sermons, and have them pub- 
lished in book form. The work is now well under 
way, and will probably be ready for distribution 
early in the summer. It will contain a fitting 
biographical sketch of Bro. Quiuter. It will be 
published in the interest, of Bro. Quinter's family. 

Aud now we close this editorial correspondence. 
AVe are at home again, seated in the old editorial 
chair. The rumbling of the press, the click of tin- 
type, the call for more copy, the pile of unan- 
swered letters, the overflowing query box. are all 
realities again. We settle down to work in this 
new year with a thankful heart, God has been 
very good to us. Of our Eastern trip we retain 
many pleasant memories, many seasons of spiritu- 
al enjoyment, and these shall help us as we meet 
the trials of life yet before us. To the dear 
brethren, sisters ami friends, in the twenty-four 
churches which we visited, who received us so 
kindly, we extend our grateful thanks, and pray 
God's blessing upon us all. 



Jan. G, 1891. 

Missionary and Tract Work Department. 

"Upon the first day ol tlic week, 
l every one of you lay by Mm in 
ore as God hath prospered him. 
at there be no gatherings when I 
m»r-t Cor. 16: ;. 

" Everyman aa he purpoaelli in 
his heart, so let him give. Not 

grudgingly or of necessity, for 

■• Every man according tt Ah aMi.'}:'' " Every one UJ G. J hath ftvs- 
ptrtdhim," "Everyman, accc-rding as he furf-jscfti in his hen.!, so let 
liim give." "For il lli>.r>. U' Jir; t ,i v.;]il(i.: !i.;:M, it f:-- :n < ;■' I ■■' 
/« that a man hath, and not according to that he h not."— a Cor. S: 12. 

Organization of Missionary Gonroiittce. 

McPlrerson, Kong. 

Mt. Morris, 111. 

- Mt. Morns, 111. 

Organization of Book and Tract Work. 

S. W. Hoover, Foreman, - - Dayton, Ohio. 

S. Bock, Secretary nnd Treasurer, - Dayton, Ohio. 

Ja^All donations intended for Mis 
Galen B. Rover. Mt. Morris. III. 

HyAll money for Tmcl Work sho 

to S. Bock, Dayton, 

I^^Moneymay be sent by Money Order, Ki-cistiTCl Letter, or Drafts 
on New York or Chicago. Do not send personal checks, or drafts on in- 

^""Solicitors are requested to faithfully carry out the plan ol Annual 
Meeting, that all our members be solicited to contribute at least twice a 
year for the Mission and Tract Work of the Church. 

6S"Notcs for the Endowment Fund can be had by writing to the Sec- 



Number One. 
We have, for some time, felt that there was a 
necessity for noticing this question. The Savior 
says, "Take heed what ye hear." Mark 4: 24. 
This is at once sufficient to prompt us to inquire, 
Why take heed as to what yon hear? One answer 
only, can reasonably be given, and that is, that 
there was danger ahead, ganger, because not ev- 
ery one would teach that which was safe, and our 
own observation has certainly been sufficient, to 
establish the truthfulness of the above, beyond the 
question of a doubt. Not only that, but if the er- 
rors taught were of such a gross character as to be 
detected at a glauce, or slight inspection, then 
there would have been little need of the caution 
given. We all know that the well-executed bill is 
the one that is most likely to delude the eye of the 
inspector, and, although the work is well done, it 
is nevertheless a counterfeit. It will not stand 
the test, when tried by the Great Detector. 

The Master meant to forewarn his disciples, aud 
as proof of the necessity for such warning, we cite 
the reader to what is said by the apostle Peter, 
"But there were false prophets also among the 
people, even as there shall be false teachers among 
you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, 
even denying the Lord that bought them, and 
bring upon themselves swift destruction Many 
shall follow their pernicious ways: by reason of 
whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of." 
2 Peter 2: 1, 2. This goes strongly to prove, that 
the Savior's caution was not without good reasons, 
for Peter declares that false prophets were on hand 
in his day, and also foretells that false teachers 
would be among the disciples later. It does not 
require the skill of a great philosopher to see that 
it is true even now, hence the predictions of those 
who have preceded us, are being roily demon- 
strated in our midst, and we would have to be very 
dull of comprehension, or slow to learn, if we can 
not see the literal fulfillment of those prophecies 
right in our midst. 

The above refers to quality oi character. Next 
we shall notice a different form of expression: 
" Take heed therefore how ye hear." Luke 8: 18. 

Now we have manna under consideration, more 
than quality. The Savior well understood the de- 
pravity of man's nature, nnd hence he gives us the 
bi aefil of his friendly caution, "Take heed howyo 
hear." As an additional caution, given by the 
apostle, we quote the following, "For when they 
speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure 
through the lusts of the flesh, through much 
wantonness, those that were clean escaped from 
them who live in error. "While they promise them 
liberty, they themselves are the servants of cor- 
ruption." 2 Peter 2: 18, 19. 

Here you should notice carefully the class thus 
spoken to, — not the sinner, who needs the help of 
all good people that he may be saved, — but the 
class here spoken to, are such as have renounced 
sin and Satan, nnd have made a "clean escape" 
from them who live in error. Notice, too, the me- 
dium through which such teachers operate. They 
do not address themselves to their higher moral 
faculties, but to their lower nature, and allure 
them through the lusts of the flesh. 

When they have succeeded in thus capturing 
their victims, what do they promise them? Peter 
says, They promise them liberty. Well, wo inquire, 
What kind of liberty? More Gospel liberty? 
Certainly not, for these were persons who had al- 
ready mado a clean escape from them who live in 
error, which they could only do by obeying the 
whole Gospel. The Savior says to his disciples, 
" Now ye are clean through the word which I 
have spoken unto you." John 15: 3. And, again, 
Jesus says, "Man shall not live by bread alone, 
but by every word that proceedeth ont of the 
mouth of God." Matt. 4: 4. Then it is clear that 
they could not promise any liberty to such as had 
obeyed the Gospel, except it would be liberty to 
the flesh. And since they appealed to the lusts of 
the flesh, as the medium of their success in allur- 
ing them, it is easy to see, that the liberty which 
they promise them would be of the same kind. 
The apostle says, "But chiefly them that walk aft- 
er the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise 
government," etc. 2 Peter 2: 10. 

Some of them will not go so far as to encourage 
them to indulge in anything that is unclean or 
low in character, but will just give them liberty to 
dress more as they may feel to do. They admit 
the doctrine to be all right, but they say the 
church is too strict in holding to a style of dress, as 
recommended by the church. Now, the Savior 
and the apostles arc foretelling what shall be in 
the last days, and it is certainly time that we 
would open our eyes to the fact that we are right 
in the midst of the fulfillment of what they told us 
should come to pass. Will we sacrifice any of the 
principles, as held sacred by our beloved Brother- 
hood? I hope not. The time is hero to take heed 
what and how we hear. 

( To be continued.) 



Paul, to Timothy, corrects an impression natur- 
ally growing out of the term employed to denote 
the office of overseer. The office is a work, rather 
than a position of honor. The truth, then, is that 
ho that desires the office of a bishop, desires a 
good work, for work ho will find and plenty of it, 
so absorbing and of such a character, that the of- 
fice will be swallowed up in the service. The 
bishop, then, must be: 

" Blameless," free from blame. ' 

"Vigilant," attentive to discover and avoid 

'■ Sober," serious, sedate, grave. 

" Ol good BEHAYIOB," orderly. 

" Hospitable," kind reception of friends nnd 

" Apt to teach," having the gift and readiness 
to impart. Scriptural knowledge. 

" Not given to wine," an abstainer, from princi- 

"No stbiker," not a quarrelsome man. 

" Not gheedy or filthy lucee," not making 
gain the leading object of life. 

"Patient," enduring trials without murmuring. 

" Not a BRAWLER," not a high, noisy talker, mak- 
ing an uproar. 

" Not covetous," to desire ardently what can 
not be obtained lawfully. 

"Just," giving to every one what is duo. 

" Or good BEPOitT," to be well spoken of. 

" Holy," free from sin and sinful affections, — 

Looking at the varied tests of an overseer's 
qualifications, we readily see that the office is not 
only a good work, but that it. requires a good man 
to fill it. His work in the church is willing, con- 
secrated service. He .works in the church for 
love, peace,- harmony, good-will. He is not self- 
willed and narrow enough to work simply for the 
narrow limits of his own neighborhood and home 
church He will take as much interest in the 
peace and prosperity of the entire Brotherhood as 
for his own church. 

To be " just " in the true sense of the word, re- 
quires that the overseer rise above all petty dif- 
ferences and disputes among his brethren, in or- 
der to conduct them to the place of pence and safe- 
ty. When differences arise, as sometimes they do, 
overseer must not take sides, or he will become 
the leader of a party. He must stand above all 
strife and know no man in it. A party leader is 
longer a rider, or overseer. Upon this rock 
many have made shipwreck. 

An overseer is, in a true sense, a shepherd. He 
will leave the ninety and nine in safety, and seek 
to gain the one that has wandered away. He will 
not seek to array one part against the other for 
the sake of victory in a contest for a point of a 
conceived violation of principle. Love and self- 
sacrifice surmount all differences, and dispense 
justice without partiality to all. 

Paul produces another feature of good ruling in 
that Titus should show himself " a pattern of good 
works; in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, 
sincerity." Titus 2: 7. A pattern is a model for 
imitation. It says, " Work as I work. Do as I 
do." It is a standard measure, after which all 
may shape their actions with safety. It is a cen- 
tre toward which and by which to work harmoni- 
ously. The same idea is advanced with still deep- 
er meaning by the word "gravity." Gravity is a 
power or force which attracts all bodies to a com- 
mon centre. To be grave is to be weighty, — to 
have force. 

An overseer, then, should not be gay, light, nor 
trifling. He should have weight of character, 
force to hold in check all tendency to fly from the 
proper sphere of action. Gayety, — levity, — is the 
opposite of gravity, and is irregular, frivolous, 
light, carried away as the wind carries the chaff. 
True love runs deep, — is grave. A party spirit is 
simply an exhibition of a morbid love. True, 
brotherly love did not exist, aud a closer intimacy 
was sought in a divided state. This brings a clos- 
er intimacy, yet it is deceptive, — it is a morbid 
love, — a love that seeks the good of a few to the 
ruin of many. 

True Christian love is high as heaven, — wide as 
the universe. It is an attractive force from God 
that holds all his children to him. It is this qual- 
ity of force and weight of character that an OY'or- 
seer should possess, in order to rule well as the 
steward of God. It menus that he will co-operate 
with all liia co-laborere to secure the same order, 
pence and faith among all and through all. 

Let this spirit be fully imbibed nnd put into 


practical operation, and the far east will 


same as the far west, and the north and the south 
will drink at i lie seme fountain; for "thy watch- 
men snail lift up the voice, with the voice togeth- 
er shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, 
when the Lord shall bring again Zion." Isa. 52: 
Moore s Store, Va. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 


HY MAlll" M. COX. 

To be a Christian is to be like Christ. We 
must go about doing good. We must sacrifice all 
selfish interests for the good of others. We must, 
like our Savior, be ever ready to say, " Not my 
will, oh, Father, but thine be done! " If this be 
our desire, as shown in our life, we may be assured 
we are living a Christian life 1 

God has done so much for us, even when we were 
yet sinners in his sight, that we surely can make 
the few sacrifices he demands of us. Among the 
duties we sometimes fail to perform is that of hav- 
ing a proper love for each other. Jesus says, "By 
this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if 
ye have love one to another. 

A Christian life is a progressive life. Wo must 
grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord 
and Savior Jesus Christ. To live in the church 
for years, and still be babes in understanding, is 
not making much progress. God wants workers 
in his vineyard, — not idlers. He has given us a 
field of labor, and offered us a reward for our la- 
bor, but we need not expect the reward if we sit 
with folded hands. 

ark to do. All have not 
oust learn to use the tal- 
to the best advantage, 
iftly, and it will not be long 
ay from our labor to our 

Each one of us lias i 
the same talents, but v 
ent or talents we ha' 
Time is passing by 
until we will be called I 

Our time and our money belongs to the Lord. 
He has entrusted them to our care and we should 
use them in his service. If we can sit at ease 
while brothers, sisters and friends are perishing 
for the Bread of Life, we are not growing in the 
knowledge of our Savior. 

Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and shall our eyes 
be dry when we see loved ones living in sin! Oh, 
that we all could realize what a Friend we have in 
Jesus, what a loving, tender Father we have in 
heaven! His ears are ever open to the cry of his 

Our earthly parents may cast us out and forsake 
us, but our Heavenly Father is always ready to 
hear us! Oh, the blessed privilege of prayer! To 
think that we poor mortals are allowed to bow- 
fore the throne of the Creator of the heavens and 
the earth with the assurance that he will be well 
pleased to listen, and that, if we como to him ir 
faith and meekness, our prayers will be answered 

Oh, let each of us try to bo more worthy of this 
great, love by living a more consecrated life! Let 
us try to realize the many blessings we are daily 
receiving, and to be more grateful r" Let us show 
our gratitude by doing all we can for our fellow- 

Many, in the Far West, are suffering for the ne- 
cessities of life. Can we live a Christian life and 
let them suffer, if we have anything we can give 
them? Jesus says, " The poor ye have with you 
always." We are told that "he that giveth to the 
poor leudeth to the Lord." Who would not be 
willing to lend to the Lord, the owner of all! Let 
not our ears bo deaf to those urgent appeals, and 
while supplying their bodily needs, Let us not neg- 
lect to administer to their spiritual needy also! 

Sweet Springs, Mo. 

-Writing under date of Dec. 20, Bro. J. E. 
Young, of Beatrice, Nebr., informs us that they 
are having an interesting series of meetings at 
that place. Thev expected to have their love-feast 
Dec. -17. 

-A commendable plan is pursued by the Breth- 
ren of Nora Springs, Iowa, who, as Bro. G. M, 
Noah writes, continue their Sunday-school 
throughout the winter. This is right; for if the 
Sunday-school is worth anything at all, it is 
worthy of our attention every Sunday" in the year. 

—Under date of Dee. 1G, sister Emma Purkey, 
of Inwood, Ind., writes: "Bro. Daniel Wysoug 
held a series of meetings at Mt. Pleasant church, 
Ind., beginning Nov. 29, and closing Dee. U. 
There were no accessions, but we trust that the 
many good admonitions may be heeded, so that 
Zion may prosper." 

— " The members of the Lick Creek church, 
Ohio," — writes Bro. G. W. Sellers, — "are now in 
the midst of a series of meetings. Bro. Isaiah 
Rrtirjgli, of Michigan, is doing the preaching, and 
we are looking, with fond anticipations, to the 
time when there will be an ingathering of many 
souls to the church of Christ. We have good au- 
diences and excellent interest." 

— Under date of Dec. 13, sister Lizzie A. Miller, 
of the Union Centre church, Elkhart. County, Ind., 
writes: "To-day was our quarterly council. Much 
business came before the meeting but all passed 
off pleasantly, with the exception in the case of 
two members who were disowned. Two that had 
wandered away, came back. May they be bright 
and shining lights, and show that they are truly 
children of God." 

—From the Eden Valley church, Kans., Bro. S. 
P. Weaver writes: "Bro. John Wise came to us 
Nov. 23 and held a very pleasant council-meetin, 
He commenced preaching that evening, and con- 
tinued meetings until Dec. 7. During the meet- 
ings we had the best of order and attention. Ae 
an immediate result seven made the good confes- 
sion and wore buried with Christ in baptism, 
Brethren, pray for them, that they may ever be 
kept faithful to their vows! " 

—From the Mound church, in the Middle Dis- 
trict of Missouri, Bro. Jacob Blocker writes: " Our 
Thanksgiving meeting was well attended. While 
we returned thanks to God for the blessings we 
enjoyed during the past year, we also felt to take 
up a collection for the Church Erection and Mi 
sion cause. Having enjoyed the use of our house 
for a year, we realize that, by the help of others, we 
were enabled to secure a house of worship, and 
now are desirous to help others to secure the same 

—Under date of Dec. 20, Bro. J. D. Haughtelin, 
of Panora, Iowa, writes: "Since brethren Goughe- 
nour and McCune closed the meetings at Maple 
Grove, twelve miles north-east of Panora, brethr 
Sisler, Hawbecker and Julius, of Dallas Centre, 
have been holding a series of meetings at tl 
church near Panora, with full attendance and 
growing interest. We are having splendid roads 
and fine whether, and while we are having such 
pleasant meetings at home, we do not propose to 
neglect other points. Bro. Brower is preaching ir 
Adair County, Bro. Deardortf in Woodbury Coun- 
ty and the writer is now on his way to Madison 
County and writing these lines in Des Moines, 
while waiting for a train. Next week Bro. Diohl 
will go to Dallas County, leaving Bro. Myers busi 
ly employed taking care of the work at home. We 
propose to 'work till Jesus comes.'" 

-Under date of Dec. 19, Bro. Theo. H. Davis, 
of Abilene, Kans., writes: "Last Sunday Bro. C. 
Hope came to us to hold n few meetings. He 
preached five sermons at our meeting-house in 
Navarre. While there were no immediate results, 
yet we hope that his labors will eventually result 

great good. We expect to commence another 
series of meetings in January, and hope that the 
blessing of the Lord may rest upon our efforts." 

—Bro. S. M. Miller, of the Washington Greek 
church, Douglas Co., Kans., writes: " Bro. Andrew 
Hutchison came to the above-named church, Nov. 
17, and commenced a series of meetings which ho 
continued for two weeks, preaching, in all, sixteen 
sermons. He held one children's meeting. Bro. 
Hutchison is an able defender of the Truth. As 
an immediate result of the meeting one was ba|J- 
tized, and others are almost persuaded. The 
church is much strengthened and built up. At 
this time Bro. Hutchison is preaching in the Pleas- 
ant Grove church. From there he goes to Frank- 
lin County." 

— Under date of Nov. 15, Bro. Jefferson Matthi- 
as, of Elkhart, Polk County, Iowa, writes: "On 
Sunday, Dec. G, Bro. J. S. Snowberger, from Col- 
orado, commenced a series of meeting for ue at 
our school-house, and continued one week, with 
increasing interest. Oue dear soul expressed a de- 
sire to unite with the church and we believe that 
others are near the kingdom. Bro. Snowberger 
and companion are on their way to the East, and 
will visit several churches while here. We appre- 
ciated their labors very much, and hope that t*he 
Lord will be with them and all other faithful sol- 
diers of the cross!" 

— From the Mohican church, Wayne Co., Ohio, 
sister Nancy A. Faekler, under date of Dec. 18, 
writes: "The members of the Mohican church have 
just closed a series of meetings, which was held by 
our much esteemed brother, W. F. Dessenberg. 
He, although young in years, feared neither saints 
nor sinners, but proclaimed the Truth. Two, — a 
husband and wife, — were added to our number by 
baptism. A father and husband, who had wan- 
dered away, came back to the Fathers house. 
May they hold out faithful until death! Our 
meetings commenced Nov. 30 and closed Dec. 14." 

— Bro. John Calvin Bright, of New Lebanon, 
Ohio, writes: "The Wolf Creek church had a 
large and interesting meeting on Thanksgiving 
Day. Bro. Samuel Horning delivered the princi- 
pal discourse. He spoke of the good and perfect 
gifts that our Heavenly Father bestows upon us, 
and how we should appreciate as well as dispose 
of them. Since our last Thanksgiving our three 
oldest sisters, — Erbaugh, Myers, Hay, — have gone 
to the eternal thanksgiving above. Our council- 
meeting, Dec. 4, was harmonious and pleasant. 
Bro. Q. Calvert commences a series of meetings at 
the Eversole meeting-house Dec. 15." 

—Under date of Dec. 8, sister Mamie Hall 
writes: "Nov. 29 Bro. A. Molsbee came to us and 
began a series of meetings next day. He contin- 
ued until Dec. 7, and though our congregations 
were not as large os we hoped they would be, all 
were much strengthened, and felt that it was good 
to thus assemble together. Surely, God has a 
people, even here in Texas, and if we will all labor 
faithfully, in doing our part, there will be a glori- 
ous ingothei ing in the future. May we use every 
means in our power to advance our Blessed Mas- 
ter's kiugdom. There is no time for Christians io 
be idle. Every brother and sister should keep 
plenty of tracts on hand. They are silent but 
powerful missionaries. I owe my conversion to 
the reading of tracts before I ever heard a broth- 
er preach, and I feel safe in saying that people 
may be reached in this way who would be hard to 
reach by nny other means." 


— Bro. J. K. Shiv.'l.v. of the Wallace church, 
Nebr., writes: "Oar church work is iin 
Bra G. W. Stambangli, when he was here No> I. 
aroused a great Lnterosl in i 1 "- minds i i all, W i 

think that another series o£ tings should be 

held here to complete the work, and we hour thai 
gome brother will come to our aid. ' 

—At this writing, Dec. IT. Bra S. E. l'undt has 
just returned from i'"ur weeks' Inbor in the field, 
and brings the following Thanksgiving offering 
Nancis J. Bitterly. 50 cents; Simon Bitterly, 50 
cents; Annette Sarger.Sl.00; Rachel Wells, 75 
cents; Win. H. Gift, S1.00, Bra Yundl started 
Dec. 20 for Loran to hold n series of meetings. 

—From Locust Grove, Henry Co., In,!., Bio. 
Izorah Eohrer. under date of Dec. 2i, writes; 
""We have just enjoyed n most interesting series 
of meetings. Dee. 10, lire. J. ('. Murray, from 
Nappanee, Iud., commenced a series of meetings 
at this place, which he continued until Deo. 23. 
By his earnest labors, saints were encouraged and 
sinners warned. We had a large attendance and 
the very best of attention." 

From the Middle District church, Miami Co., 
Dlii,,. Be,. D. P. Sollenberger writes: "Br,,. J. 
Bennett Trent, of Springfield, Ohio, commenced a 
series of meetings Nov. 29, at which the attendance 

was excellent. While there were i Iditious to 

the church, we know that many are counting the 
cost. Ourmeetiug closed Dec. 9 with n 

for the children. It was a complete s - and 

interesting to both young and old." 

— Sister Laura E. Dlrich, of Lanier, Ohio 
writes, under date of Dec. 18, the following: Bro. 

Quinter Calvert, of Highland Count,, ci to the 

Brethren at the Lower Twin church, i induct a 

series of meetings, Nov. Mil. which lasted untiJ 
Dec. 15. Altogether be preach I twenty-live ser. 
mous. I felt that the meetings were highly ap- 
preciated by all. During the meetings, four pre- 
cious souls were added to the church by baptism. 
May the Lord help them to bold out faithful! 
Others were near the told, and we hope tint the 
good seed sown in the hearts of many, may be 
gathered in due time." 

-From the Eoann church, Wabash Co., tad., 
Bro. Joseph John writes: " Our protracted meet- 
ings, referred to in my last notice, conducted by 
Eld. Samuel Sprankel, from Stark County, Ohio, 
resulted in much good. He commenced meetings 
at the New Enterprise church, Dee. 7. and closed 
on the evening of the 16th nit. After preachin] 
twelve sermons at this place, he came to the old 
church near Boann, and preached three sermons to 
eager listeners. The result of his earliest labors 
among us. drove the arrow of conviction to the 
hearts of seven dear souls, who wore led down 
to the liquid stream. .May they be shining lights 
in the church!" 

- Under date of Dee. 11, sister Sue ( '. Fontz, of 
Port Allegany. Pa., writes: " I received the package 
of tracts and MESSENGERS, and have distributed 
these silett missionaries among the people. All 
seem pleased, and especially with the Mi.-. I OEn. 
The number, with the article on our faith and 
practice, has been going from house to It ius and 
still the calls for it continue. No one here seems 
to know anything of the Brethren except an aged 

man, who recently made the remark, 'The I k- 

ards are nice people; where they livi yon need noi 
lock yonr barns.' May we never give occasion 
that people must lose the good opinion they have 
of us at present! The chnrch of Christ mu b - 

light-bearer: if sh ice ceases to be such, her 

glory has passed away. Brethren traveling on 
the Western New Yorl and Penn ; h - -- > 
will please stop with 09. SVe can secun o pi ci 
of meeting and gnarantce a good congregation." 

Bro. I. Portner, of Aurora. Lawrence Co., 
Mo., writes under date of Dee. 1-1. the following: 
Reading aboul the many good meetings, de- 
scribed in the columns of the Messenger, called 

to mind the i o vividly our isolated condition. 

There are only about eight members Located at 
this place. 1 am quite anxious that an effort be 
made here for the upbuilding of Zion, and hope 
thai our dear brethren will remember us! " 

From the Howard church. Iud., Bro. George 
Brnboker, under date of Dee. 24. writes: '■Bro, 
Branson, oi Muncie, [nd., commenced a series of 



ingly, to the satisfaction of all. One v 
after the meeting. Bro. Branson pre 
teen sermons while with us. He did 1 
During Hie meetings we bad excellent interest." 

Sister Mary Haines, of New Lebanon, Ohio, 
writes: "Bro. B. F. Honeyman, of Gettysburg, 
Darke Co., Ohio, came to us Nov. 30, and re- 
mained with us until Dec. 14, preaching, in all, 
seventeen sermons. While with us. the Brethren 
held a little meeting at the house of our aged sis- 
ter Martin, who can not attend meetings on nc- 
count of the infirmities of old age. We also had 
a meeting at Bro. Musselman's, who has been af- 
flicted for some time. One dear sister came out 
on the Lord's side while Bro. Honeyman was with 
us. Many others are awaiting a more convenient 


The Saturday following, through the kindness 
of brother Wm. A. Sherfy we were enabled to at- 
tend n pleasant council-meeting at Pleasant Val- 
ley, and continued the meetings with marked in- 
terest till Sunday night. They follow the plan of 
tlii above-named church in having stated monthly 
business meetings. 

Through the efforts of the home ministers, this 
church enrolled about fifty new members last 
year. (It. was here we had our membership be- 
fore coming to Ohio.) We were strongly 

el i tied to 

County, na 

iit the othi 
elv, Limesto 

ant Vol 


ob Creek, but 
nfonned that 
inner church" 

News solicited 

or this Department 

IE y 

send a report oE 

t, so that others n 

name ot church 

County and State. 


sible. Land Adver 

Department. \\ 

c have an advertisin 


Meeting Notes, 

AftEII the District 

iew. I had the ph 

members, and a largi 

on Lord's Day mornu 

the church met m cot 

clouds, i 
while, had \ 

h had ht 

•d o- 

[oeting closed at Pleasant 
sure of meeting with the 
imnber of my old friends, 
. The following Saturday 
:/il, and an enjoyable meet- 
i manifest that some dark 
■ered over the church for a 
\ and that brotherly love 
May the prayers of the 

church be continued! 

This church has 
meetings, and when n 
time is occupied in singrnj 
plan meets my hearty app: 
noss of importance is deferred, the 

jgular, ii 

onthly business 
is presented, the 
shortation. The 
The longer busi- 

et over this little flock 
my judgment, for auj 
my objections on the 

laturally bleeds emula 
holy character of tin 

■of succession and pro. 

ated it becomes, for idle tongues will soon get it 
made out into two or three sides and then the in- 
stigator may stand off, if he chooses, for others 
will right his battles for hi] 

Five resident elders are s 

about three too many, in 
congregal ion, and J found 
following premises: ( 1 I it i 
Lion and jealousy: (2) the 
presbytery is made anordei 
motion withoul the' regard to Scriptural qualifica- 
tions; ( :> j the churches best supplied with elders 
east the heaviest vote in District Conferences. 
My objections are general. Many of the Tennessee 
churches have an overstock of elders 
fcerSj while hundreds of members and tl 
sinners are pwisking for the " bread of life.'' But 
if, by presenting a solid phalanx of invincible 
workers to the seceding parties, the flock has 
been unharmed, the Brethren in the Soxith may 
still have something t<> be thankful for, for as yet 
there is no division worthy of note, nor the shadow 
of a chance for any sen'ows trouble, 

the PI 

in the whole "Sunny South," so far as member- 
ship goes, at least. The Brethren down there are 
the victors of many a hard-fought battle, and de- 
serve much praise and sympathy. The addition- 
al force of brethren J. H. Moore and Newcomer, 
late of Illinois, has already had telling effect upon 
the work. The locating of Bro. James Neff at 
Knoxville, I likewise commend, and it is a noble 
work for the Book and Tract "Work to do, but, 
brethren. Knoxville is a modern Nineveh, and the 
gateway to the boundless Southern missionary 
field, and let us not forget him, " a stranger in a 
strange land," and the magnitude of his work. 

At Johnson City the Christian church was 
kindly opened to us, and a large congregation 
awaited the preaching of the Word. We were 
kindly received and encouraged on our way. Wo 
also enjoyed, while there, a good, social meeting 
at the home of my sister, and a Thanksgiving 
service at the Presbyterian church. The same 
afternoon, at H o'clock, we bade our relatives aud 
friends a sad farewell and, at S P. M , the follow- 
ing day, we were at Camden, Ohio. We feel 
thankful, first, to God for his kind care over us in 
permitting us to see the home of our < hildhood 
days, and a safe return, aud secondly to many 
who brought us on our way and cared for us so 
kindly. A. G. CltOSSWHITE. 

Gratis, Ohio, Dec. IS. 

From the Maple Grove Church, Norton Co.. Kane. 

Tins congregation met in quarterly conference 
Dec. 6. Eld. John Ikenberry, of Quiuter, Kans , 
was present at our council. Everything passed 
off pleasantly. Bro. John Ikenberry remained 
with us after the council and preached ten very 
interesting sermons. Though his stay with us 
was short, we believe much good seed was town. 
The members were strengthened and sinners 
warned of their condition. We are sorry that 
Bro. J. W. Jarboe, one of our ministers here, is 
going to leave us. He is moving to Philips Coun- 
ty, Kans., where quite an interest is being mani- 
fested. They expect to organize themselves into 
a church soon. 

Dear brethren and sisters, as partings and sep- 
ations do occur, it is vividly brought to our 
inds that we are in a world of changes, that 
lids life we have no abiding place. May 
n meet in yonder bright and sunny clime where 
irfcine will be no more! G. M. Throne. 


],-,, /*.u 

From Centre View, Mo, 

There has been quite 
Centre View church aud the surrounding commu- 
nity during the past two weeks. From Dec. 6 to 
21, Bro. G. W. Lenta, of Adrian, Mo., conducted a 
series of meetings. He is young in the ministry 
oh well as young in years, but zealous and earnest 
in the work of the Lord, ami he did not shun to 
declare all the counsel of God. He, with husband 
and 1 visited nearly all the members, and others, 
going from house to house, to encourage the mem-. 

Jan. 0, 1801. 


bers, and to try to implant the doctrine in othe 
hearts. There was nothing- to mar the pleasiiri 
of the meeting except the sad death of Bro. Sam 
nel Byerly, which cast a gloom over the neighbor 
hood. The funeral took place Dec. 10. ( 8e< 
obituary. ) 

We had many blessings showered upon us din- 
ing these meetings. "We had good roads, mild and 
. lovely weather, large attendance and excellent at- 
tention to the Word spoken. Our aged brother 
and sister Repp,— now past three score and ten, 
did not fail to keep their seats filled. They came 
out each evening to help the work and encourage 
the cause. As a result of the meetings, the church 
was much built up and the members strengthened. 
Sinners were made to tremble and weep on ac- 
count of sin. Five precious ones, in their youth, 
heeded the Savior's call and were buried' with 
Christ iu baptism, to walk in newness of life. 
We trust they may ever be bright and shining 
lights, that others may be constrained to follow 
Christ! We all feel to thank God and take cour- 
age with the work here. 

On the 11th was our quarterly church meeting. 
We had a good meeting: the business was trans- 
acted in love and in harmony with the Gospel 
rale. The dear members were made to rejoice 
when one came back to the fold, who had wan- 
dered away. We trust we may now go together, 
hand in hand, in the upbuilding of this little 
band. One was added by letter. Three letters 
were given to members who went to other fields. 

Two dear ones united with the church by bap- 
tism a short time ago. Thus the good and glori- 
ous work goes on in this arm of the church. We 
are trying to labor as one of old, — " She hath done 
what she could." Amanda Witmore. 

From the North Manchestsr Church, Ind. 

Bro. Silas Gilbert, of Ohio, came to us Bee. 6 
to hold a series of meetings. He labored earnestly 
and faithfully while among us, preaching in all 
twenty-seven sermons, to the strengthening of the 
church, and the conversion of souls. Nine dear 
souls were brought into the fold of Christ. Two 
of them, a brother and sister, young in years were 
baptized on Wednesday, Dec. 17. On this beau- 
tiful morning, after hearing Bro. Gilbert's last 
sermon, we accompanied seven more, — three young 
brethren and four young sisters,— to the baptis- 
mal stream, where they enlisted in the army of 
the Lord. 

O, how we rejoiced to realize at last, God's 
swer to our prayers, as we saw our dear associates 
stepping down into the water, one by one, follow 
ing Christ's example! Our dear brother goes to 
his homo this evening. Both old and young join 
in wishing him success in gathering souls unto life 
eternal, wherever he goes. May God's blessing 
rest upon him! SARAH E. ORIPE. 

Dec. 22, 1500. 

An Inducement. 

There are now brighter prospects for the build- 
ing up of Zion in this part of the Lord's moral 
vineyard. For the benefit of others, who may be 
looking for a location where the climate is warmer, 
I can offer an inducement. There is a gentleman 
here, who has a farm of 250 acres. Most of the 
land is good. A good house is on the place, built in 
the northern style. There is a fine orchard and a 
well of good water. The farm is situated in the 
forks of two public roads, one of them is the Rich- 
mond road. The distance to the latter place is 
forty-five miles. Hucksters passing by, purchase 
all produce and pay its full value in cash. "The 
post-office is one-fourth mile from the house, and 
the railroad station, two and one-half miles. The 
owner of the property, being in declining health, I 

lies to sell and buy i 
having plenty of help 
skfi*3,000, $1,000 dowi 

and having no h< 
smaller place. A 
should purchase ii 
as first payment. 

This farm is twelve miles from Mt. Horeb. A 
place for preaching is near by. Address mo m 
B. M. Luce. Fife's P. (>., Goochland Co., Vn. Bit 
companion united with us at our late love-feast. 


lhis Ii 

workers, to help us battle ft 

for Christ should be our obje 

Florida. J. Etter. 

Cwiersville, Fa. 

From Elizabeth^ 
ON Wednesday, Dec. 3, the 

series of meet 
bounty, Pa. Bi 
After the mee 

Dec. 17. Duri 
Bro. Mohler p 
teen at Elizabt 

i and str, 

There were no immediaf 
additions to the church, bi 
can not help but be produ< 

The members were great 
ened in the faith. May C 
Bro. Mohler and amply re< 
sacrifices he makes! 8, Pa. 

at Ohiqu 

ns, but 
rted pou 

rd him for 
vfa, H. He 

jJaadom. Xhougkts. 

If Bro. J. H. Moore thinks it -in order" now 

"to search for a prophecy concerning people trav- 
eling through the air" he may read Rev. 11: 6. 
How will that do, Bro. John? 

We spent Thanksgiving Day with a few isolated 
members at Stuart's school-house. The leading 
speaker selected John 8: 16, as a demonstration of 
God's love to the human family, for winch we 
have great cause to be thankful. He wa 
by three other speakers. It was said by many. 
"It is good for us to be here."' and from She b ars 
shed, no doubl others felt the same. 

Gold is a very precious metal. It is found 
some places in such small deposits that it cl 
not pay men to work and toil in mining it. Just 

so with some of our sermon 

. We say s 

Mne very 

precious tilings, but so ma 

ay excuses, 

so niucl 

self, so much telling our 07 

a condition 

aid feel- 

ings and experience, and so 

mi, b boastii 

g, before 

we get to the precious truth 


el, and it 

seems to be in such small cU 

p, .--its and n 

bred with 

so much dross, that it hardl 

- pilVS US tO 

oil aftei 

it. We prefer sermons w 

lOSltS nl 

Gospel in them. 

We read in the Bible of o poor blind man, who, 
. hearing that Jesus was passing by, began to 
call on him. He had, no doubt, heard of the mir- 
acles performed by Jesus. Those who pretended 
to be his friends, rebuked him, but he cried the 
more, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on me." 
Then Jesus stood still and commanded him to be 
called. He rose and came to Jesus and received 
the desired blessing. 

We have many blind men and women now-a- 
days, who need the "scales" removed from their 
vyv^, but if they begin to call on the Lord, some 
one rebukes them and they become discouraged 
and cease to call on the Lord and thus lose the 
desired blessing. Sinners, "Seekthe Lord while 
he may he found, ('all on liim while he is near." 
—and if he does not answer your first call, like 
Bartimeus, call again. 

During the late rebellion a soldier came home 
sick, sick of war, sick of sin, and physically sick. 
He gradually grew worse; lie could not bear the 
thought o\ being hurled into the presence of God 
without first making peace with him. Eld. 0. 
Bowman was sent for and the sick man demanded 
baptism. Various ideas were expressed in refer- 
ence (o the possibility of performing the ordinance. 
Time was precious; he was gradually sinking. 
Death would soon claim the victory over a man 
standing at the door of the church, pleading for 
admittance. He was carried into the water and 
when all was ready to perform the ordinance, he 
s.'iid, - When you dip me iu the name of the Fa- 
ther, it' I die, complete the baptism before you 
stop." The work was performed and the man re- 
vived and lived 1'or several days, and then died a 
happy man. This was faith verified by works. 

Dec. Hi, twenty-four inches of snow fell in 
Floyd County, Va. We had expected to leave 
home on the I8fch to hold some meetings thirty 
miles from home. How glad we are that the snow 
found us at home! C. D. HYLTON. 

Hijlton, Va. 

Special District Meeting; of Northern Illinois. 

I accordance with the call for a special District 
Meeting, hi order f" provide for the sufferers of 
Kansas, Nebraska and Dakota, a. number of the 
brethren and sisters convened in the College Chap- 
el, Mt. Morris, 111., Dee. 18, at 10 A. M. The fol- 
lowing organization was then effeetecLD. E. Price, 
Moderator; J. G. Koyer, Reading Clerk; Joseph 
Amick and L. A. Plate. Writing Clerks. Thecon- 
gregatioua were fairly represented, and the delib- 
erations of the meeting were characterized by a 
spirit of sympathy with the unfortunate ones, and 
a desire to devise the best menus for the allevia- 
tion of their deplorable condition. A District 
Committee of three brethren was appointed, and 
all funds are to be s< nl to the Treasurer, Bro. D. 
II Price, Oregon, 113. In order that the funds 
may be properly distributed, Bro. D. E. Price was 
chosen to goto the different places where help is 
needed, and. by proper investigations, make the 
most judicimi ;;><■ "1' i.h.e nn ::ns eullccted. 

Mayi jeneral response, all along the line, re- 
suit in a liberal donation to the suffering ones, 
and may He who has said that it is " more blessed 
to give than to receive," abundantly bless the 
cheerful giver! **# 

From the Summit Church, Madison Co.. Ind. 

We have just enjoyed a most interesting series 
of meetings. Dec. I Bro. 1). H. Replogle, of Hen- 
ry Co., Ind., accompanied by his wife, came to our 
place of meeting, at the Oasis meeting-house. Bro. 
Replogle labored earm itly for three weeks, preach- 
iug in all twenty-four sermons. By his earnest la- 
bors saints wen encouraged and sinners warned. 
Six made the good confession and were baptized. 
This caused much rejoicing. May the Lord keep 
bhem luimble, Eaithful and trustful. Many were 
alniosi i 1 rounded. May they not put off their du- 
ty until it is too late! Our, meeting closed with 
good infeiv i. Samantha McMahan. 

"THE heart that is fullest of good works has in 
it the least room for the temptations of the enemy." 


t>, 1831. 

From the Aughwick Church, Pa. 

Toesday evening, Dec. 1C, closed 
(in exceedingly interesting series of 
meetings, conducted y Bio. Michael 
Claar, of Cloysbnrgli, Pa. Since lie 
came to this congregation, he deliv- 
ered, in all, thirty-five sermons. 
"While laboring for ns, he "shunned 
not. to declare the whole counsel of 
God." He preached at threo differ- 
ent appointments in this congrega- 
tion. As the result of his labors 
seven souls came out on the Lord's 
side, and united with the church by 
baptism. May they ever prove true 
and faithful to the cause which (hoy 
have espoused, and be as shining 
lights in the churchl 

Those of ns, who are trying, in our 
weak way, to follow in the footsteps 
of the Master, have been re-awakened 
to a sense of our duty, and new life 
has been imparted unto the church. 
Walter S. Loxo. 
Shirleysburgh, Pa. 

NearLigonler.Ind., Di 
i Fowler (formerly Ga. 
i 26 dors, 


t therefore God riritii jo^oe. 

officiating minister, 
Smith, of Tippecai 
Nora Sheets of Uni 

he residence of the 
,-. 27, Mr. Martin 
Sty, Ohio, to Miss 
W. C. Teeter. 
WEDDLE— BURGERS.— At the residence 
of the bride's, Dec. 7, by the undersigned 
Mr. Joshua YVeddle and sister Jathina F. 
Burgers, all of Floyd County, Virginia. 
C. D. Hvltos-. 
ler, Bro. Luther Cllnc to sister Ruth M. 
Brubaker, both of Longtuont, Colo. 

G. \V. Feseer. 
BRANAN— WOLF.— At the residence of 
the undersigned, in the Deep River con- 
gregation, Iowa, Dec. 3, Mr. Wilbur Branan 
and Miss Viola Almedia Wolf, bothof Deep 
River. II. R. Taylor. 

FORNEY— LYON.— At the home of the 
bride's parents in Belle Flower, 111, Dec. 
10, Bro. Chvb ,rn Forney, of Hudson, 111, 
to siiter Elbe M. Lyon, of Belle Flower, 
III. ' Tnos. D. Lyok. 

Garrett) aged 
mber ol our 

beloved Brollu 

llie church last 

J. II. Els 


In the North Morrill church, Brown 
ansas, Dec 12, 1S90, Bro. Daniel 
get! 57 years, 4 months and 20 days. 
Daniel was cut in the foot while 


le trouble, healed 
be about again, 

his death, when 

finally resulted in 

The church 

though holding tl 

loud preacher i 


gain troubled hi 

sustains a great loss by 

jr dear brother. He, 

ister, did bul 

the pulpit, but was a 

even dav life. He 


Fun. rid 

5 by Bro. J. S. Mohler. 

-In the 


Deceased was 
County, Va, Sept. 
ed to Montgomery 
ricd Calho 

Co., Ohic 
;ed 76 ye 

Creek church 
r.6, 1S90, Jonalh 


irnber of great-e 
rices by John Kir 

MOORE.— In the Hopewell churc 
Bedford County, Pa, Dec. 14, si 
M. Moore, wife of Moor* 

W. Teeter a 



Co, Mo, De. 

While he was eng; 
to load flax straw 
home, he fell and c 



Iping bis brother 
miles from his 

pas. 1 

Hi. bode 

"lit l.oii 

is interred in the silent toinb. 

He was the support of a widowed mother and 

a sister. Services conducted by Bro. Jacob 

Witniore, assisted by Bro. G. W. Lentz to a 

large and sympathizing congregation from 

Matt. 24: 44. Amanda Witmore. 

OVERHOLSER. — In the Union Center 

;hurch, Elkhart Co , Ind, Nov. 8, 1S90, Bro. 

Joseph Overholser, son of Bro. George and 

sister Elizabeth Overholser, aged 8 years, 1 

much, but, on the Monday 
took sick and died the 

the Ch 

rry Grove cemetery, beside 

Df her chil 

ben. Services by Eld. James 

GH.— Als 

0, at the same place, Nov. 23, 

>, Carolin 

Kougll, daughter of brother 

lis and sir, 

er Pollie Masemore, aged 47 

s and 7 

months. Services by Rev. 

U. B. church. 

J. M. Masemore. 

: I I.t 

i- Spr 


F11ner.1l service! 
and J. R. Miller. 
Aug. 17, 1S90, Harvey 

ingstar, son of friend I 
Mornin^star, aged i yea 

brethren Alex. Miller 
In the same church, 

Miller and George 
church from the v 
child. 11 

conducted by Alex, 
mbert of the Mennonite 

Is, "Jesus called a little 
Lizzie A. Miller. 


MILLER -in the South Waterloo church. 
Black Hawk Co., Iowa, Dec. 12, 1090, lister 
Elizabeth, wife of D. A. Miller, aged 74 
years, 5 inon'hs and 17 days. Funeral 
services by Eld J. A. Murray, assisted by 
the writer. W. Ikenberry. 

FAGER.— In the Lincoln church, Nebr , Dec. 
S, Nannie Little, daughter of J. and Salome 
Fager, aged 9 years, 10 months and 20 

, of 1 

suffering from 
; flight. Serv- 
n from 1 Cor. 
L. 11. Eby. 

typhoid fever, her spirit took 
ices improved by the Bieth: 

TROXEL.- In ihe Maple Grove church, 
Ashland Co., Ohio, Dec. 5, 1S90 of pneumo- 
nia and heart disease -.iter Elizabeth Troxel, 
ag-d 74 years, 10 months and 9 days. 

The funftral occasion was improved by 
Eld I. D Parker, from the Ashland church, 
■Mi-ted by Eld. G. Worst, of the Maple 
Grove church, from 2 Cor 5: I. 

Mother was bom in Stark County, Ohio, 
Jan.s6, 1816 She lh« mother of eleven 
children, of whom three preceded her to the 
ipSril world. Li^lil children, an aged father, 
and thirteen grandchildren arc left to mourn. 

by Bn 


- Clapper from Re 

i-ii. mil- 



Mr. Shime 
but his children belong to the Brethren, at 

Services by Henry Clapper torn John 14: 15- 
16. J- II- Clapper. 

BOWSER.— In the Brush Valley church, 

Armstrong County, Pa., Dec. 13, 1890, 

Bro. V. Bowser, aged S4 years. 

Many years ago he united with the 
Brethren, since which time he lived consis- 
tently until his departure. He leaves an aged 
companion, several children and a large circle 
of other relatives and friends. Funeral serv- 
ices by Eld. N. Lasher from Job 14. 

J. A. Hooks. 

KINSEY. — At her home, near Avilla, 
Jasper Co., Mo , Dec. 1, 1890, of inflamma- 
tion, Anna Kinsey, wife of J. W. Kinsey, 
aged 32 years, 2 months and 8 days. 

Deceased was a consistent member of the 
Brethren church for nearly eighteen years, 
having united with the church of her choice 
when but a child. As time rolled on, she 
clung the more ardently to the cross of Christ. 
Love to God reigned supreme in her heart, 
she was an ever-loving wife and an in- 
dulgent mother, always trying to aid, in every 
time of need, those within reach of her help- 
ing hand. 

Deceased, whose maiden name was Anna 
Holderread, was born near Locktown, Elk- 
hart County, Ind, Sept. 23, 185S. She leaves 
a husband and five dear sons, besides parents 
and scores of sorrowing and loving friends to 
mourn their loss. Her ever-abiding faith and 
self-siicriricing and integrity won 
writer and brought him, after twelve years of 
earnest endeavor, into the fold of Christ. 

Deceased moved with her parents to Mar- 
shall County, Indiana, about 1867, and, in 

B. Stuts- 
man, wife of' Bro. Joseph S. Stutsman, 
aged 20 years, 3 months and 18 days. 
The maiden name of the deceased was 
Weirich. She joined the Brethren church 
while in her youth, and was a faithful mem- 

ingly rich In 'the faith" The cause of her 
death -was a severe attack of bronchitis. She 
leaves a sorrowing husband and two children 
to mourn their loss. Funeral services by 
brethren Joseph Kulp and D. H.Jones. 

J. R. Stutsman. 

AUSTIN. — In the Wallace congregation, 
Nebr, Dec. 15, 1S90, infant daughter of 
Bro. Edwin C. and Mary F. Austin. Fu- 
neral services by the writer from Jamee 1 : 
,1. P.K. Shively. 

LONG. — In the Panther Creek church, 
Dallas Co., Iowa, Dec. 1, 1S90, of hemor- 
rhage of the brain, sister Susannah, wife of 
Bro. Christian Long, aged 75 years, 4 months 
and 16 days. 
The subject of this notice was born in 
Alleghany County, Pa. After marriage she 
moved to Huntingdon Co., Pa., and in 1852 
to Carroll Count}-, Illinois. In 1S69 she 
moved to Dallas County, Iowa. Our sister 
and her husband lived together for nearly 
fifty-seven years, and they were members of 
the Brethren church nearly fifty-three years. 
They were the parents of nine children,— six 
sons" and three daughters. Five children pre- 
ceded their. mother to the spirit world. The 
aged father still remains to mourn the loss of 
his companion. T.J. Beaver. 

HOKE. In Elkhart County, Ind., of paraly- 
sis, and other diseases, Isaac Hoke, aged 68 
years, 6 months and 23 days. 

Bro. Hoke was a deacon, and left a wife 
and eight children,— all in the church. One 
son is a minister and one a deacon. In Bro. 
Hoke's death the family lost a kind father, the 
wife a faithful and kind husband, the church 
a good official, the neighborhood a good 
neighbor. Bio. Hoke was a man who, by 
daily walk, did his loudest preaching. While 
in good health, his seat was hardly ever found 
the family 


holy bonds of ir 
ices were condi 
assisted by Eld. C. Holde: 

church, Nebr., Dec. 14, 
Nlcewangcr,wifeof Dai 

. The funeral sen- 
Eld. Geo. Barnhart, 

J. W. Kinsey. 
North Beatrice 



up i 

, hil.lrr 


■ church 

ch, Bn 



cr, aged 44 years, 6 months and 25 days. 

The subject of the above nu'.ice put off 
te one thing needful till near the close of his 
fe. On the evening of Oct. 26 he called 
ie brethren and was baptized about mid- 
ight. In one week from that evening there 
as a Communion held for ids benefit. Fu- 
eral service* improved by Eld. Samuel 
.eckrone and the writer. Wm. F. Neal. 
SENS. — In the bounds of the Upper Deer 
Cr.-ek congregation, Cass Co., Ind., Oct. 30, 
[Sgo, after a short illness, Eva Jane Benn, 
only daughter of friend Bennet and sister 
Mary Lcnon. 

but a little 


■.-. i.ii- 

r a member of the church 
than a year. The funeral 
1 large concourse of friends 
[ people. Services by the 
words, "Her sun is gone 
1 day." J. E. Young. 

MASEMORE .— At Cherry Grove in the 
Aughwick church, Huntingdon Co., Pa., 
Oct. 5, 1S90, sister Julian Masemore, wife 
of Valentine Masemore, aged 71 years, 3 
months and 4 days. 

She was a faithful member of the Breth- 
ren church for over forty years. All of last 

In the bounds of the old Beaver 
Dam church, Frederick Co., Md., Dec. 1, 
1890, of heart-failure, sister Mary, wife of 
Bro. William Garber, aged 6S years, 7 
months and 1 day. 
Sister Garber was a daughter of Eld. 
Jacob Sayler, deceased and a strong pillar in 
the Beaver Dam church. She never swerved 
from the right. She was anointed Dec. 6th, 
and oh the 7th calmly f.nd peacefully breathed 
her last, without a struggle. The writer and 
Solomon Stoner attended to both services. 
She leaves a husband, four children and 
twenty-one grandchildren. One son, one 
daughter and one granddaughter are mem- 
bers of the church. E. W. Stoner. 
DOUD— In the Clear Creek congregation, 
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Ml. Morris, III., and Huntingdon. Pa , Jan 13 

The Gospel Messenger. 

Table of Contents. 

Thoughts for the New Y. 

Out of the Depths, liy C 
New Year Resolutions. 
Tekel. liy 13. C. Mooma 

By Rachel A. Pfo 

By Fanny Mo 
George Buchei 
My Jas. B. Sc 

One of tho growing dangers that is threatening 
the church is the loose manner in which people 
hold their religions convictions. Anything that 
lias the name of religion is accepted as safe, with- 
out trying to make a fair discrimination between 
the real and the professed. This vacillating 
around, through the multitudinous sects, indicates 
a very superficial view of the true Christ religion, 
ion of Christ is not an institution that 
nt and shaped to suit the crookedness of 
sin. The plan of salvation is very simple, hut 
it God will be honored. Such has been the char- 
acter of his laws through all the ages and changes. 
To obey was to live and be blessed. To disobey 
was to be cursed and die. In making a choice of 
n church home, let it be the one that holds and 
lives the truth. 

Oun Holiday season has been after the old 
style,— plenty of snow, ranging in deepness from 
twelve to forty inches,— sleighing excellent, and 
the sleigh bells jingle from early morning to the 
late hours of night. The time has not yet come 
when there shall be stamped on these bells, "Ho- 
liness unto the Lord," but we are assured that 
when this holiness gets into all of our hearts, it 
will be seen overy-where else. 

As we go forward in the New Year we should 
all double our energies in promoting the peace, 
unity and effectiveness of our church. The great 
question for the time should be, How can we 
make our work in the church more effective in 
saving souls? This is the church's mission, and 
we are filling it only so far as we are doing this 
work. We need more aggressiveness, more of the 

Pauline energy and determination, 
easily satisfied with small achiever 
expect to help to conquer the world i 
must get out of tho puddles and rivu 
Peter and Luke, Paul and Barnab; 


nils. If 


The relii 
can 1 

On Wednesday evening, Dec. 31, 1S90, was held 
the Inst prayer-meeting of the year, in the Nor- 
mal Chapel, and it seemed to us to be one of un- 
usual interest, as all, apparently, felt the impor- 
tance that Bhould bo attached to tho time and the 
occasion. The subject was " The endurance of 
the Word of the Lord." Though ages, centuries 
and years had passed, yet we had tho same life- 
giving Bible unchanged. After the close of the 

regular meeting, we had an hour's service special- I the Baystone Branch and in Woo'dc'ocTvolley 
ly devoted to the closing of tho year. The time ' 
was profitably and interestingly spent in appr 
priate readings and remarks, reflections and retro. 

A BROTHER minister asts: '.Should wc be per- 
sonal in our preaching? " As a rule, we say, No. 
And we also say, Yes. No minister, iu a broad 
sense, can preach the Gospel and not be personal 
Dine one. The leading object of preaching is 
lake it. personal iu a general sense. By virtue 
of its legitimate application it must necessarily be 
:onal to the sinner, and the Christian who sins. 
But if one of our members or neighbors have 
wronged us or committed a fault of any kind, the 
pulpit is not the place to deal out reproof. Such 
a course is not in harmony with either the teach- 
ing or spirit of the Gospel. But no matter how 
little we may intend to do such a thing, there may 
be those present who will make a personal appli- 
cation of it aud then grumble about it. Of course, 
we can not avoid such applications. 

Jacob, the subject of this notice, passed over on 
Dec. 15, 1890, full of years, the latter end of 
which were years of afflictions, borne with pa- 
tience and commendable resignation. Eighty-five' 
you-s, five months and fifteen days was the time, 
of his pilgrimage on earth. All his days were' 
spent on the old homestead, and in the house in 
which he was bom. What a peculiar experience' 
was his, within the same walls nnd surrounded by 
the same familiar semes! Here wns the place of 
his childhood, here he grew up to manhood, here 
he wooed and won tho companion of his lite and 
the mother of his children, who long ago was laid 
away in the cemetery up on the hill. And now 
Jacob and Bachel lie side by side in the Silent. 
City, awaiting the voice of the trumpet angel to. 
call them forth to enjoy the immortal life. Early 
in life he gave his heart to God, and of him it may 
be truly said, "He walked with God." Bro. 
Brumbaugh was an humble, unobtrusive Chris- 
tian. His sphere in life was not large, yet, within 


ch he lived 
good. As 

•d, his life 

•d a f, 


itics of age kept hi 

rds, yet 


Amono the early settlers of this, now Hunting- 
don, County, were Samuel, Daniel, George and 
David Brumbaugh. While the yells of the Bed 
Man were yet heard ringing from hill to mount- 
ain, and the smoke of their wigwams curled up 
through the unbroken forests, these hardy pio- 
neers made their way through the trackless wil- 
lernoss and drove stakes for future homes along 

Over a hundred years ago. 
I Eld. George Brumbaugh, 

' grandfather,- 

the last year, whin the 

As a rule, he was a mau of 
the church he wns such a one 
to call " preacher helpers." He hung with pecul- 
nterest on the living message, aud when it fell 
larmony with his own aspirations, he never 
failed to give the assenting nod,— not of the drow- 
sy sleeper— but that of the hungering soul that 
drinks deeply from the out-gushing fountain. 
This manner of assenting to the preacher, as he 
delivers his message, may seem of small impor- 
tance to the indifferent, but not so with the ear- 
nest minister. To him it is inspiration, aud often 
greatly encourages his heart while laboring to deal 
out the saving truth. 

He was the father 'of nine children, three of 
whom preceded him. All are members of the 
church. George B. is one of the ministers of the 
James Creek church, and three of them residents 
of this place,— Dr. A. B., our very efficient physi- 
cian and lecturer, and J. H., Principal of the Nor- 
mal Faculty, and their sister, Mrs. John Bodgers. 
The funeral services were conducted by Bro. W. 
J. Swigart. Thus we record the end of a good 
man who liv.ed beyond the allotted time, and went 
down to the grave, honored and beloved by all 

who 1 


' upects, all of which are good for the soul when ucnr where the Jnmes Cl ' eek 

Of the three_ brothers there is one yet living, 
and he is our own beloved father, full of years, 
located in the valley I greatly blessed with physical health and strength, 
ch now stands, rich in Christian experience and submissively re-. 
actuated by the proper spirit. Our passing years I Hero he lived, here he labored, and here he died, signed to the Master's will. 
should l«' upward steps towards our homo on the Ho wfls tlle father of three children, Isaac, Jacob One after another are passing over to the other 
other side, thus making our retrospects downward and John. Isaac was the elder of James Creek home, and after a while we will all be there. Lut 
look over achievements made and victories won, church for many years, but years ago went to his this great truth make us happy while we live and 
bringing to our souls joy and peace. | reward. | giv6 u8 joy nad peace iu the time of our departure.. 

-'"''' :W^ /g, dxuuyd^ 


Jan. 13, 1891. 



Rapid my days and months run on, 
Hov soon another year i gon. 
il ... swifl tilt g iW«» » ' 
[-low much neglected by mj soul. 
i ei mi begin with holy fear; 
nils new, this fleeting, flying year; 
Too mnny unimproved have passed 
rhaps, ni.iv be my last. 
Give me, Lord, a Uearl to pray 
Let all old things be done away ; 
Give me new strength, to conquer sin 
Aral plant new holiness within. 
1 ask new wisdom, [or this rear, 

Of every 
Mi Godl 

O, mny this be tlie prayer of all 
Who now upon their Lord do call; 
May Christians lei their light so shine, 
' That sinners may thy way incline. 
Visit thy church, oh! may she b al 
Much blessed fruit, another year; 
And may her work be all lor thee, 
Forever and eternity. 

—RMblA. PJmilz. 
Z)rr. 20/A, 1S90 

"OUT OF THE DEPTHS."-??. 130. 

BY C. H. BA 

', I ..II. 

To a despairing soul — 
I have read your letter with mournful inter 
eat. Ton " see- not the bright lightin the clouds; 

d not the zephyrs of Grace that dissipate 
the thick darkness that overhangs the sin-bur- 
dened soul. Job ST: 21. You seem to give God 
but little credit for what he has done m Christ 
and attach an unwarrantable ambiguity to his 
words, if not downright unveracity. "Let God 
be true, but every man a liar." Kom. 3: 4. When 
God says yea, it is presumption to say nay. And 
vice a rsa. When Jesus says. " Neither do I con- 
demn thee," it shoWB neither trust nor humility to 
continue the wail, " O wretched man that I am! j 
who shall deliver me from the body o£ this death?" 
When God puts into our mouth the challenge of 
Eom. S: 33, 34, it is oar joy and His pleasure that 
we sing with heart and lip and lite, the sublime 
paean of verses 35 to 39. When Grace and Faith 
dovetail, "there is no more condemnation," but 
•we are "justified by faith and have peace with 
God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Kom 8: 1, 
and 5: 1. 

It was not necessary to give me a circumstan- 
tial account o£ the sin which you deem beyond for- 
giveness, nor to enter so minutely into the up- 
braidings and perturbations of your inner life as 
evidence of your reprobation. Your sins, no mat- 
ter how many or how heinous, arc as effectually 
expiated by the blood of Jesus, as the life of God 
is more than an equivalent for the worts of the 
devil. Your case is indeed a pitiful one, but by 
no means hopeless. No sinni r is beyond salvation 
eofaras the resources of redi mpticm in Emman- 
uel are concerned "Take the pound from him" 
is not an arbitrary Divine act, but the result of 
deliberate, obstinate persistent, stereotyped, con- 
summate selfishness. 

There is such a thin.,' as absolute spiritual pet- 
rifaction, and for such "the door is shut" not 
from God mauward, but from man Godward, To 
be "seared as with a hot iron," to be "past feel- 
ing," to be metamorphosed through and through 
into the very essence of evil, into the very image 
of the devil, is indeed to make void the Grace of 

„d count the blood of Christ an unholy thing, 
ami wantonly to court the wrath of God. 

The impossibility of renewal to repentance im- 
plies a moral callosity and blindness which can 
neither see nor Eeel either the nature or issu.-s of 
sin Take sin in its most, revolting form and most 
appalling consequences, pile it up to heaven with 
(1 „. tnrpitnde of Cain and Blanassab and Ahnb and 
. . ., I i scariot, and wo see it all provisionally cov- 
ered try the blood of Atonement. 

To betray the Son of Man was no worse sin 
than to murder Him; and yet for the envious, ma- 
licious, diabolical Deicides Jesus interceded on 

! ,,,-.,. and the Holy Ghost offered pardon m 

thi i ) iv of Pentecost. There is not a soul in Hell 
l',,r whom the Great Sacrifice would not have 
availed, and who would not have been gladly wel- 
comed by God and His Angels, had they but ac- 
cepted the proffered mercy. 

Jesus took not on Him the nature of Angels be- 
cause Angels did not sin in the flesh. But as 
God was manifest in the flesh, suffered and died 
in the flesh for sin, therefore all human transgres- 
sion, from murder and adultery and blasphemy 
down to white lying and stealing a tooth-pick, is 
remitted in consideration of the value of that 
blood which cleauseth from all sin. 1 John 1: 7. 
And wherever there is repentance and self-renun- 
ciation with sincere desire and honest purpose 
to do the will of God connected with faith in Him 
on whom was "laid the iniquity of us all," there 
the certainty of forgiveness. Isaiah 53:6. And 


full from beginuing to end oE God- 
ly sorrow, and hunger and thirst after righteous- 
,5 sorrow and longing? Is it of 
the devil? X.-ver. IE it be, then is his Kingdom 
divided against itself, and will be brought, to des- 
olation. Luke 11: 17. He is full of rage against 
yon because of your very thirst for holiness. 
"We are not ignorant of his devices." By his 
subtlety lie beguiled our primeval ancestors and 
he is as ready to pronounce sin unpardonable as 
to represent it a trifle. Your agonies are indeed 
dreadful, but they are the psychological inflictions 
of self-reproach and remorse, and not the indica- 
tions of the unpardonable sin, or the tokens of 
God's uupeasable wrath. Because your soul and 
body are quivering under the scourgin 
guilty conscience, and you have lost sight of the 
all-sufficiency of Divine Grace you are locked up 
I in the horror and helplessness of "Doubting Cas 
tie." Herein you greatly err, commit spiritual 
suicide, and do great dishonor to the Eternal Love 
that bled for you on the Cross, and intercedes for 
you on the Throne. 

The God oE the Psalms is the God of the Gos- 
pel, the compassionate Savior of to-day. Psalms 
103: S to 14. You defrauded a fellow-mortal, and 
then covered your sin with a false oath. Theft 
and perjury are palpable violations of the Deca- 
logue. Are they too deep and virulent for the 
death of God Himself to expiate? Let the death- 
throes and burial and resurrection of the God- 
man forever negative this blasphemous, Christ-be- 
littling, Devil-prompted suggestion. Where is 
David, the adulterer and murderer, Noah, the 
drunkard, Solomon, the idolater and sybarite, Pe- 
ter, the apostle of false cursing and swearing, and 
Paul, the mad persecutor and daring blasphemer, 
and the low, filthy rabble depicted in 1 Cor. 6: 9, 
10? In Hell, every one of them? Dare you say 
so? Dare you for a moment cherish the thought? 
No, they are with Jesus Christ in glory, because 
"they are washed, they are sanctified, they are 
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by 
the Spirit of our God." 1 Cor. 6: 11. 

If your sin of claiming with reiterated oaths a 
little toy which you knew belonged to another, 
will debar you from the " rest which remaineth 

for the people of God. then woe is me! Woe to 
the sweet, Singer oE Israel," the "man alter 
God's own heart," and thousands of others^ who 
have been "plucked as brands from the burning!" 
Your sin is like a suowtlnke compared with many 
in my own history, and with those of a multi- 
tude of redeemed transgressors who are now 
chanting the Hallelujah-chorus of Eedemption in 
the Celesl inl Paradise. Oh, Beloved, do uot long- 
pain the great Heart, of Infinite Love by be- 
ving the devil and your morbid feelings more 
than Hint who died for your sins and rose again 
for your justification. Eom. 4: 25. 


Rom. 5: 20, 21. Jehovah Jesus died for sinners, 
for job, yea, for YOU. "This is a faithful saying, 
and worthy of all acceptation," and you have no 
right to count yourself an exception. 1 Tim. 1: 
15. " He that believeth on Him is noi condemned." 
John 3: 18. "Through ihis man is preached un- 
to us the forgiveness of sins; by him all that 
believe are justified from ALL things." Acts 
13: 38, 39. Belieaest thou ihis?" This is the 
pivot of salvation. "Come: for all things are now 
ready." God has promised, and " swore by Him- 
self" and "it is impossible for him to lie." "He 
cannot deny Himself." 2 Tim. 2: 13. To cast 
away a believer is Jesus against Jesus. Omnipo- 
tence is our confidence and security. When God 
becomes weak and unfaithful, then can the believer 
perish. Not till then— NEVER. 

God is Love. Jesus died. Tht 
bridged. Heb. 8: 12, is gloriously trt 



I the ! 

Will ye '. 

In this Paradox of Love? 
Paradox of Love Eternal, 

Paradox of Love Divine, 
Oh! what power of thought supernal 

Shall explore SO rich a mines , 

t7nton Deposit, Dauphin Co., Pa. 



Next to the gifts and the "Happy-New Years" 
that make the season resound with peace on earth, 
and good will toward men, resolutions are, with 
thoughtful minds, the order of the day; and for 
minds to be unthoughtful, is to have come short 
of the purpose of their creation. Upon looking 
about ns, however, at the many things that have 
run their race with the departed year, yea, that 
even have outstripped it in fieetness, we find many 
resolutions, that met it upon its arrival. It 
would be wise, therefore, for us to inquire into tho 
enwse of their failure, that we may be able to- 
overcome it in these o£ to-day, else their newness. 
also, may bo the only cause of their lustre, for 

It i, fulfillment, ami no! invention, 

Of vows, ascending from good intentions, 

That is the more admired, 
A fence is useless, with nought to turn, 
And where is something, 'twere well to learn, 

A good one is required. 

In resolution, as iu means to any end, it is noi 
the means, but the answering of the puiipose 
for which they were formed, that is desired; henco 
sufficiency is their controlling attribute. How- 
ever, it is necessary that the means precede their 
accomplishment, and, hence, that they receive due 
consideration. Eesolutiou is like the oar with 
which we row up or across stream, and it is well 
for those who form a resolution, to realize that 
just at the very moment that it is going to be 
needed, will necessarily be the time when it will 
have become the most distasteful, — the time of 
temptation ; for if the natural course were to be 
taken, no resolution would be required; but when 

Jmi. i:;, 1891. 


the whole current of nature is sweeping against 
it, just then, if ever, must it perform its office. 

With what care, then, should we guard it? In 
the duty of that moment must be drowned all 
sense of desire, of ease, of pleasure, of i-.n) thing 
that might divert it from its purpose, or all is 
lost. But defeat need nob be, for God's grace is 
sufficient for its; hence we only need to "let pa- 
tience have her perfect work," that we may be 
"perfect and entire, wanting nothing;" for by his 
grace, patience, — the sufficiency of virtue, — is sup- 

We speak of patience, sometimes, as though it 
were a distinct virtue, but is it not rather the good 
measure of other virtues? If, when necessity 
comes, our appearance, our profession is proved 
inadequate, let us not imagine that, just for a 
moment, some trivial circumstance clouded or 
hindered it, let us realize that we have been meas- 
ured, and found wanting; that the jar was caused 
"by striking the limits of our attainment 

ii-hl <]ik< 


In<e- i 

Then let this evening star shine brightly, re- 
membering that did no trials come- our resolu- 
tions would remain unproveu. Were there no 
night, the stars could not be seen. As the sun 
withdraws from view, supplying the stars with 
brilliancy to shine, it may be that God allows 
darkness, that those, reflecting his -light, maybe 
discerned. If, then, wo reflect no light, surely 
we, though unaware, havo been devoid in the day. 

Burlington, Xnd. 

" TEKEL." 


My first and most sensible- impression of this 
text came from Ero. Urastnd, of blessed mem- 
ory, who preached from it many years ago in Vir- 
ginia, when the writer was a boy. We do nob 
remember ever having seen a man who was more 
distinctively a Christian in the true sense of that 
word, when we apply it to character, rather than 
creed. Tin* cheerfulness and simplicity of his 
faith, ths spirituality of his nature, were the most 
marked characteristics of the man. He seemed to 
dwell in perpetual sunshine, attracting and warn- 
ing all who came within the circle of his inrln- 
euce. We say this of a dear old saint, loug since 
gone to his reward, first because we can never 
read this text without recalling the man, and sec- 
ond because he was a true type of the old-time 
spiritual Christianity which used to flourish in the 
church. May it never give place to the barren 
forms and punctilious rules of an unspiritual ec- 

We trust that this introduclion is not irrelevant 
to our subject, for may not the thought of the 
test be more clearly illustrated by the practical 
contrasts of life than by (he laborious deductions 
of reason? AVe should always bear in mind the 
moral quality of responsible life. There is no re- 
sponsible life below the level of human life, for 
below this level exists no trace of this moral facul- 
ty, and, consequently, no standard of right or 
wrong. But no human life has fallen 60 low as to 
be utterly destitute of moral sense, or entirely ig- 
norant of right and wrong. In respect to this 
condition there are vast differences among men. 
Wide chasms yawn between the sunny heights of 
knowledge, where stands the enlightened and cul- 
tivated Christian, and the great gulf where the 
cannibal savage sits in darkness and in the shad- 
ow of death. More or less difference prevails in 
every society, and even under the shadow of the 
same roof may be seen striking contrasts both in 

nt and 

ral cultr 

respect to moral <i 

But while superior knowledge and superior 
aeutencss of the mornl sense may ho regarded as 
relatively great blessings, the fart that they carry 
along with them an iucreasetl measure of respon- 
sibility, jg sufficient to check every feeling of 
pride and self-gratulation. 

Nor will any one be able to excuse himself on 
the ground of a measure of knowledge loo limited 
to involve responsibility, for even where knowl- 
edge is absent, Nature holds (In- balances and 
judges by that involuntary law which is integral 
to the constitution of man. Nevertheless we are 
taught explicitly that no little difference exists be- 
tween voluntary and involuntary transgression of 
law. " He that knew not . . . shall be beat- 
en with few stripes. He that know , . . shall 
be beaten with many stripes." Belshazzar the 
corrupt Babylonian king hi. d few external oppor- 
tunities of knowing God, yet what he knew in his 
consciousness and rejected in his life was Buffi- 
cient to bring upon him sudden and summary de- 
struction. How much greater will be the con- 
demnation of those whose superior knowledge of 
law, of duty, of Providence, and of destiny render 
their wickedness far more culpable, and far less 
entitled to extenuation! 

Knowledge and duty go hand in hand, and duty 
and responsibility are eternally co-responsive, but 
natural inclination stands by, like a siren of old, 
wooing the soul away from the path of duty and 
honor, away from its heaven-burn destiny, away 
from its strength and its happiness to that bleak 
shore which is strewn with the wrecks of hope. 

Upon the wide plain which often stretches be. 
tween duty and inclination, have been fought tin 
heroic battles of the world. History does not re 
cord many of them. God was the witness and 
often the arbiter. Supernal pens have doubtless 
inscribed upon deathless pages, the long, fierce 
struggle, the patient endurance, the sublime hero- 
ism, the fearful odds, the, ing fortunes of the 
day, the final victory— or final defeat, Here nave 
been decided fortunes far beyond human compu- 
tation, empires more extensive than ail the conti- 
nents, and destinies which will yet be in infancy 
when the sun shall die of old age. 

Over this fearful strife Cover angels and de- 
mons, like Homeric gods above the battle fields of 
Troy. "Thou art weighed in the balances and 
art found wanting." Tremble, thou Belshazzar, 
at the mysterious hand and dreadful message, un- 
til the knees smite together with terror. Eternal 
defeat and eternal shame has fallen to the lot (and 
for the matter of that to the lot of every man) 
whose life of unrepentant sin, and unused oppor- 
tunity for good, has been a calamity to the world, 
and an insult to God. 

But how can any man not be found wanting? 
" Can mortal man-be just before God?" "For in 
thy sight shall no flesh bo justified." This 
thought troubled me until light came in a vision. 
I saw mighty balances swung from heaven. An 
Archangel made proclamation that all things must 
be weighed. The sun, moon, stars, worlds, na- 
tions, all classes of the wicked, were solemnly 
weighed in the mighty balances, and found waul- 
ing. Last of all sounded forth the proclamation, 
Let all the saints of God come into the "balances. 
Then came they from the four quarters of heaven, 
aud from the ends of the earth, a multitude which 
no man could number, and stood in the balances, 
yet they were not sufficient. .Shall the saints be 
found wanting? Come, ye angels of God, and 
staud with them in the balances. Yet they were 
not sufficient. Not all the saints of earth or au- 
gels of God can weigh against the law of absolute 
aud eternal righteousness. But now is seen a 
wonder in heaven. When the scales were treinb- 1 

ling to rise, an, I it appeared that all these would 
be Eouud wanting, the Son of God descended from 
his throne, and stood with his saints in the bal- 
ances, and they were not found wanting. 



COMFORTING WOl'ds of Jesus, — "I am the gOOtl 
Shepherd, and kuow my sheep, and am known of 
mine— my sheep hear my voice, ami I know 
them, and they follow me." "In my Father's 
house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place 
for you, that where I am there yon may be also." 
Do we know his voice? Do we follow him? 

Hero to-day, and there to-morrow. Sometimes, 
in the course of earthly events, we contemplate a 

journey, longer or shorter as tho case may be. 
We makefile necessary preparation. Hfere, in our 
homes to-day, we pack our satchels; to-morrow, 
in the home of a dear friend, we unpack them. 
Here, wo anticipate the pleasure of meeting 
loved ones, we almost see their smiles and hear 
their voices; there we are enveloped in the warm 
atmosphere of the love we knew existed for us; 
our hopes arc realized and we are happy. The 
revolution of some kind of wheels is almost al- 
ways a necessary factor in the accomplishment 
of any journey by land or by sea. This is per- 
haps, emblematical of the great wheel of time, 
which bears us onward in the journey of life. 
Here we are to-day, in one earthly homes, making 
some preparation for the home on the other shore. 
We measure off the days, months and years. Oh, 
how rapidly the wheel of time revolves, and we 
are borne along. To-day we write 1891, we havo 
pa i another milestone, passed — yea, swifter 
than a weavers shuttle. We anticipate something 
of the joyful meeting of friends over there, and 
something of the glory and bliss of heaven. But 
our finite minds fail to comprehend much of the 
eternal weight of .n'lory, or of the fathomless 
ocean of love which shall envelop us there. In- 
finite Father, we thank the-', that, by the swiftness 
of an arrow, the regularity of a heart beat, we are 
taught the truth that we are here to-day and 
there to-morrow, — THERE where hope will end in 


Osborne, Kans. 

"Prolonging his life is not a man's first duty. 
It is less important that a life be a long one, than 
that it be well used. Life, like every other pos- 
session, is a sacred trust, to be cared for religiously, 
to be made use of wisely, and to be surrendered 
ungrudgingly at the call of its Giver. A soldier 
has no right to throw away his life, or to expose it 
n cklessly; neither has he a. right to refuse its risk- 
ing in the line of plain duty. His life is at the 
service of his government, to be used to the utter- 
most for that government's welfare. It may, in- 
deed, be better for a soldier to put his final life- 
service into one campaign, or even into a single 
battle, than tojbe borne on the army rolls for a 
series of years, simply drawing pay and rations 
without rendering any equivalent return to his 
government. Every Christianas a Christian sol- 
dier. His life is to be used as his Commander 
shall direct. His special duty for the hour may be 
the protecting of his life, in order to its more effi- 
cienf using by and by; or it may be the exposing 
of his life in a struggle which shall be hislast one. 
Whichever duty it be, he is to discharge it faith- 
fully, regardless of the consecmences to himself. 
To refuse an important service, however simple, 
on the ground of its tendency to shorten one'slife, 
is the prompting of cowardice rather than of pru- 
dence. A short life well used is better than a life 
prolonged by the shirking of duty." 


Jan. 13, 1891. 



Bno. S. J. HAnitisox, in No. 3(1 of Gospel Mes- 
senger, asks for the chapter and verse for the ex- 
pression: "Let him that is without sin cast the 
first stone." I answer, In John o': 7, " ^\'e>■ turfer 
cuchohm SUnde ist, tier werfe den ersten Stein 
an/sic." This translated into English reads, " He 
that is without sin among you, let him east the 
first stone at her." I suppose the point that Bro. 
Harrison has reference to, is the distinction be- 
tween " let him first cast n stone" and "let him 
cast the first stone." In English we have the 
former expression, and in German the latter. 

And now, Bro. Harrison, the rule is that, when 
one puts a question and no one answers it, the 
querist is obliged to answer himself. So I remind 
y«.u of your duty, and ask you to give chapter and 
verse for the other expressions you presented. 

Kleinfeldersville, Pa. 



Si >mf. suggestions have been made to change the 
name of our church from German Baptist to 
something else, more appropriate. Why not call 
it. "The Church of the Primitive Christians," 
which we really are? Having the advantage of 
all other denominations on that line, in regard to 
the doctrine of Christ and his teachings, there is 
perfect propriety in doing so. 

The champion. Mr. Bay, editor of the Baptist 
Battle Flag, in his discussion with Eld. Stein on 
church succession, tried hard to establish their 
claim, as to being the primitive church, but made 
a total failure, as any thinking mind will conclude. 
One of his owu members told me that he joined 
our church because Mr. Kay failed to meet the ar- 
guments produced by Eld. Stein. By turning to 
page 190 of that debate, you can see that Eld. 
Stein adduced six of the Greek Fathers in favor 
of trine immersion, and agreed to give the six for 
one against it, if Mi-. Bay could just bring that 
one. Is that not fair? Yes, and more than fair. 
This debate should be in the hands of all thinking 

Then, again, we have the Miller andSommerDe- 
bate. The disputants had decided to discuss the 
differences for eight days, but Eld. Miller's oppo- 
nent had so much rehashing to do, that he got 
tired and wanted the time shortened. He evi- 
dently saw that the foundation of his church was 
not as solid as it should be. This Debate, also, 
should be iu the hands of every honest seeker aft- 
er the "Way of Truth. 

The article on the church of the Brethren in 
the Brethren's Almanac gives good information in 
regard to our people. Any persons having more 
than they can sell should give them to honest, 
thinking people. In that way we may be instru- 
mental in bringing souls to the Truth. 
Cameron. Mo. 


what thou seest, and send It unto the churches." 

^-Church News solicited for this Department. K you have h 
good meeting, send a report ol it, so that others may rejoice with ; 
In writing give name of church. County and State. Be briel. Notes of 
Travel should be as short as possible. Land Adi 
[ this Department. We have an advert! 

A Good Meeting. 

Bbo. J. P. Zeigler commenced a series of meet- 
ings at the Pleasant Valley church, Rockingham 
Co., Va., Dec. 13. On account of the large snow- 
fall, the 17th, the meeting was postponed a few 
nights. He then continued until Christmas night, 

preaching in.all fourteen sermons. The went 
being inclement, hindered many from attend 
but we had a good meeting. 

We rejoice that three precious soids decided lo 
work for Christ and were baptized in the chilly 
waters on Christmas Day. Others are counting 
the cost of n Christian life. May they come soon! 

Bro. Zeigler is a plain expounder of the Truth. 
May his noble efforts in building up Christ's 
kingdom not be in vain! Maiitha Glick. 

The Western Sufferers. 

Below is a list of money received from various 
places for the AVestern homesteaders. All who 
sent money to me, requested that the amounts be 
published in the Gospel Messenger. I will re- 
port monthly: 

Beatrice church, Nebr, S10 70 

Eight Mile church. Mo 7 SO 

Job and Lizzie Trout, Indiana, 1 00 

North Beatrice church, Nebr, 4 55 

Uriah Pink, Michigan 1 00 

Huntingdon church, Pa 30 00 

P. D. Eosenberger, Pennsylvania, 5 00 

Borne church, Ohio, 7 17 

A brother and sister in Missouri, 2 00 

Centre View, Johnson Co, Mo, 34 00 

Harrisonville, Cass Co, Mo, 1 50 

Collection at family reunion of Wise and 

Youngs, Ohio, 5 16 

The above is a list of the amount received up to 
Jan. J, 1891. A number of boxes of second-hand 

lothing have also been sent in from other States. 

?hese were forwarded at once to 'the needy. But 
little of the money has been used yet. We expect 
to go west among the needy again, in a few weeks, 
and see that the money is rightly applied, after 
which I will report. A good many have enquired 
to whom to send the collections. Whatever is 
sent to me, I will apply in the very best way I can 
for the poor. J. E. Young. 

Beatrice, Nebr., Jan. J. 

From, the Pacific Coast. 

The raiuy season has now set iu when, iu a 
great measure, out-door work is suspended in Or- 
egon, and when it is also an unpleasant time to 
hold meetings. I therefore resolved to go to oth- 
er fields of labor, where the climate and weather 
would be better adapted to evangelistic as well as 
other work. Sunday, Dec. 9, I delivered my fare- 
well address to the members and friends of the 
Coquille church, Coos Co, Oregon. I must con- 
fess that I never was associated with a body of 
members who possessed more of that spirit of 
love and kindness that should characterize the 
people of God. I thank them all for the kindness 
conferred upon me. 

A few days later I made my way to Coos Bay. 
The steamer on which I was to take rjassage be- 
ing bar-bound, I was compelled to wait several 
days at Empire City. Like Paul, my spirit was 
stirred within me, when I saw the city wholly giv- 
en to idolatry. Nearly forty years ago this city 
was laid out. It is the County-seat, and supports 
a great number of saloons, but no church. Marsh- 
field, another thriving city on the Bay, sup- 
ports eighteen saloons and many business houses, 
and every lodge and society is well represented 
except the religion of Jesus Christ. 

Sunday, Dec. 14, we steamed out of Coos Bay 
The bar and sea were still very rough. Breakers 
and waves, like mountains, would strike us, and 
the vessel would rise and fall, and roll from 
side to the other, until all on board, not ac 
tomed to the sea, were prostrated with seasiekness 
excepting myself. After two days and nights we 
were in the San Francisco Harbor. From here, 

by railroad, we came to Los Angeles, where wo 
are now assisting Eld. John Metzger in conduct- 
ing a series of meetings at the Brethren's new 
meeting-house, six miles north of Los Angeles. 
In a few days I expect to go to Lordsburgh, where 
my correspondents will please address me. 

J. F. Nereis. 
Dec. 23. 

Wayside Notes, 

I just closed a two weeks' meeting at Greene, 
Iowa. I had to contend with strong opposition by 
the Kiekapoo Indian Medicine Co, who gave en- 
tertainments each night for a week; then, also, 
there was the usual amount of Christmas festivi- 
ties, and also a protracted meeting in the Method- 
ist church, all of which had a tendency to decrease 
our congregations. We thank God, however, that 
we had very profitable meetings. We all felt that 
God was with us and bestowed upon us his bless- 

I was with this church about one year ago r 
when quite a numberwere received intothe church. 
Upon this occasion four precious souls came out 
on the Lord's side. 

Iiis church is presided over by Bro. J. F. Ei- 
kenberry, assisted by brethren S. C. Hipes and 
Harvey Eikenberry. A more warm and affection- 
ate membership is not easily found. We should 
have remained here longer, but our time had ex- 
pired, and as Bro. Jacob Murray, of Waterloo, 
was with vis during the latter part of our meet- 
ings, we left him to continue the work, and hope 
that the Lord will bless his labors to the conver- 
sion of many. 

I am now in the Dry Creek congregation, LinD 
Co, Iowa, presided over by Eld. Thos. G. Snyder. 
May the Lord bless the work overy-where! 

Geo. W. Ciiii-E. 

A Sad Accident. 

On Saturday evening, Dec. 27, 1S90, James F. 
McCane and Libbie A. Snoeberger (daughter of 
Bro. Aaron Snoeberger), both of Carroll County, 
Indiana, were killed by the train, while attempt- 
ing to cross, in a two-seated rig, the railroad track 
at Camden depot. Mr. McCane was instantly 
killed. Libbie lived about seven hours, but was 
unconscious all the while. At the time of the ac- 
cident, another couple, sitting on the seat in front 
of them, were not seriously hurt. 

Funeral services of Libbie A. were conducted by 
Bro. J. G. Eoyer, of Mr, Morris, 111, at the Nebo 
church, to an immense concourse of sympathizing 
friends, from the words, " We shall all stand be- 
fore the judgment seat of Christ." Bom. 14: 10. 

Libbie A. Snoeberger was bom Nov. 17, 1872, 
died Dec. 28, 1S90, aged eighteen years, one 
month and 11 days. She leaves a father, step- 
mother, a sister, four brothers, a half-brother, 
two step-sisters, and a number of friends to mourn 
their loss. 

The funeral services of James F. McCane were 
conducted at the same place immediately after the 
above by Rev. J. C. Beeve, of the M. E. church, 
from Bom. 6: 23. James F. McCane was born 
Aug. 29, 1871, and died at the date above given, 
aged nineteen years, three months and twenty- 
eight days. Those funerals were said to be the 
largest ever known in this section of country. It 
is estimated that from 1,500 to '2,000 people at- 
tended the last sad rites in behalf of the departed 
ones. S. H. Bechte'lheimer. 

Camden, Ind. 

Our Visit to Mt. Morris. 

Many of the Messenger readers are aware of 
the Special District Meeting of Northern Illinois, 
which was held at Mt. Morris, Dec. 18, to devise 





crops failed, feel like ; 
ing, tliey will pie 
352, Lanark, 111., g 

the best means to send relief to the suffering peo- 
ple in the West, The Meeting was largely repre- 
sented by nil the churches in the District, and it 
was determined to send relief at once. 

If the needy ones, in those Districts where the 
epting second-hand cloih- 
i address the writer, at Box 
ug full particulars as to their 
needs, and we will sec what can be done for them 
in this. 

Our visit was very short, but we were glad to 
notice the prosperity of the school at Mount Mor- 
ris. Bro. Royer lias his heart in the work, and 
Mt. Morris should reel proud of the excellent lit- 
erary institution in the very center of their city. 
About 250 students nre enrolled for the term. 

Wo were informed by the Superintendent of the 
.Sunday-school— Bro. Hoover-that, in their Sun- 
day-school in the College Chape], they had, on 
Dee. 12, 321 in attendance. Just think of the 
powerful Christian influence this Sunday-school 
lias in teaching the Written Word <>f God! Their 
collection, each Sunday, during the school year, 
averages 83, which is all donated to the mission 
work of the church. The espouses of the Sunday- 
school are kept up by private subscription, and 
about $50 a year is raised for that purpose. Hero 
is a little item for Sunday-school workers. 

J ah. II. Larkins. 

Cherry Grove, III., Dec. 28, '90. 

Notes of Travel, 

I have been a wanderer from the good old town 
of Mt. Morris for many years, delicate health ren- 
dering a change of climate necessary. The past 
summer has been sr^ent in the Rocky Mountain.-;, 
crossing the "Great Divide.," penetrating canyons, 
climbing passes, prospecting gorges, traversing 
picturesque valleys, pausing at rich mining camps 
of gold and silver, visiting Indian lies er vat ions,— 
in short, familiarizing myself with peaks, plains, 
lakes, rivers, canyons, and mesas, tho difficulty be- 
ing not where to go but what to omit. 

My most enjoyable experience was a ride to the 
top of Pike's Peak over the new, so-called "Co; 
Wheel Railroad," recently opened to tourists. It 
is I he mosl novel railroad in existence. Compared 
with, it those of Mt. Washington, N. H-, and tho 
lihigi, Switzerland, arc insignificant. Tho wir 
lecessary to attain the tin 
uakes tho road ten miles 
of dolla 
culverts t 

iug and curving 

miles of altitude 

length. Its cost was a half mi 

Tho road bed is twenty feet wide, 

of solid masonry, and the bridge 

of the heaviest steel, with a doub] 

id rails ar 

* rail in th 

als, to th. 

dies, eitln 

stopped < 
■ending . 

of i 



seats are level. Tho engine was placed at tho 
rear and pushed the train, a desirable innovation, 
relieving one's eyes from tho annoyance of 
cinders. Stops were frequent at all points of in- 
terest. The round trip, costing five dollars, oc- 
cupied three hours. I considered it the best time 
and money investment ever made during ten 
years of foreign and home travel. 

A brief chat with Sergeant O'Keefl'e, in charge 
of the V. S. Signal Station, elicited (he following 
interesting facts. This gentleman having made 
the rude cabin on the peak, his residence for live 
years, and being tho only person ever detailed 
twice to the station, his information may be con- 
sidered reliable. The lowest temperature ho ever 
experienced was 57 degrees below zero, the high- 
est 02 degrees above, The moan highest winter 

temperature was i-i degrees below The winter 

phyrs are frequently rapid. In one instance one 
hundred and thirty-five miles per hour was indi- 
cated, at which point the wind blew the balls out 
of the socket, and the roof from the cabin. This 
was followed by a marked increase in velocity, 
continuing several hours, during which time he 
estimates that the speed attained was fully equal 
to 150 miles per hour. 

Bowlders, weighing tons, are not unusual near 
the summit. More effective than chains, they are 
frequently utilized for holding in position the 
cabin roof. 

Sergeant O'Keeffe pronounces the story of the 
death of an associate, while on duty at the station, 
recently published in the New York Sim, and ex- 
tensively copied throughout the country, a pure 
piece of fiction. No person of the name given was 
ever employed there, and no death has ever oc- 
curred. He attributes the thrilling narrative to 
the effervescing but fertile brain of some New 
York newspaper scribbler, too far removed from 
the "seat of war" to devise a reasonable yarn. 

It is not generally known that, a year ago, at 
the solicitation of the astronomical department of 
Harvard College, the station was turned ove 
that institution by the United States. S- 
Harvard " tender-feet" were sent out to assume 
charge. All went well till winter approached, 
when the new custodians incontinently fled. The 
Government resumed possession, but only to 
abandon it after a few brief months. The U. S. 
Signal Station, on the top of Pike's Peak, is now a 
matter of history. 

The prospective Silver Bill, of which the main 
feature is free coinage, is already giving Colorado 
a prominence never before attained. 

Mining is to-day prosecuted with renewed 
vigor. Vast fortunes are being rapidly accumu- 
lated. This stimulates real estate, tho varices for 
which have rapidly advanced, not only in Denver 
"The Golden City of the Plains," where seventy 
five millions of dollars were expended last year fo: 
buildings, but also iu smaller cities, where all 
sorts of fraudulent and bona fide laud schemes i 
being worked to induce people to como. 

J. B. Bostwick 

From the Antietam Church, Pa. 

Otjii love-feast was held Oct. 23, and though the 
weather was disagreeable, we had a good attend- 
ance, and about two hundred members communed. 
Elder D. R. Saylor officiated. His helpers were 
brethren Culp, D. M. Foglesanger, Stouffer and 
Franklin. We had excellent preaching. The An- 
tietam church is in a good, healthy condition, 
The increase of our number for the year 1890 has 
been twenty-six persons, their ages ranging from 
fifteen to fifty. Several of them are heads of fnrn- 

While we have been made to rejoice because 
souls have come to Christ, it has pleased our 
Heavenly Father, iu his wisdom, to call quite a 
number to himself. This has caused many vacan- 
cies and sad and sorrowful hearts. Among the 
number were eleven dear mothers, some young in 
id thirty-one children. Such 
n to die, and this earth is not 
It is only a state of probation, 
— a time of preparation for a better place, which 
the Lord lias purchased fur his obedient children. 

"We have every advantage and opportunity for 
higher attainments in the Christian life. We 
have Sunday-seliool for the training of our chil- 
dren, to impress upon their youthful minds the 
teachings of the Gospel. We have two Sunday- 
schools in this congregation, — the one in the 
country closed Dec. 24. I was present on that 
day and gave the school a short address. Quite 
a number of gifts were presented to the Suporin- 
(eniie-if. his Assistant, and the teachers, The 

ears, six fathers, ; 
ilifo! We are be 
ur abiding place. 

children also received little gifts, suitable for the- 
occasion. The average attendance during the 
year was fifty scholars and twelvo teachers. The 
school will open again early in the spring, if the. 
Lord permits. 

A new meeting-house was built this year on the 
site of the old Antietam house,— so well known as. 
"Price's meetiug-houso,"— the second-oldest meet- 
ing-house in the Brotherhood. It was built nine- 
ty-seven years ago. We now have, ou the same ■ 
site, a plain, two-story meetiug-house, 50 by 70 ■ 
feet in size, with a seating-capacity of about eight 
hundred persons. The house was dedicated June 
7, 1890. Tho dedicatory sermon was preached by 
Bro. W. J. Swigart to a very large and attentive 
congregation. Elders Solomon Stoner, D. F. 
Stouifer, W. F. Franklin, Jesse Roop, and many 
other ministering brethren, were with us. Four 
made the good confession at this meeting and- 
were baptized. A love-feast followed the evening 
meeting. It was an occasion never to be forgot- 
ten! J. F. Oller. 

From the Kingsley Church, Iowa. 

Again we have had a season of refreshment, — 
one of the most enjoyable seasons wo have ever 
experienced since the organization of this little 
baud of members. Bro. Moses Dierdorff, of Guth- 
rie Co., Iowa, labored with us from Dec. 15 to 31, 
conducting nineteen meetings iu all. His labors 
with us were not in vain. As an immediate re- 
sult, eleven young soldiers were made willing to 
forsake sin aud turn in with the overtures of mer- 
cy. For this we, with the angels, are made to re- 
joice. ArnoDg those received was my only sister, 
and eldest and youngest brothers. It had a great 
influence over the friends of this vicinity to see 
those young and tender lambs starting ou their 
journey to the Celestial City. We feel to press 
onward with more zeal Zionward. May those, 
who have lately entered the fold, find it a pleas- 
ure to live for Christ, and may our Good Shep- 
herd care for them and so strengthen them, that 
they may be found faithful unto the end. May 
we all realize the fact that the crown is not given 
at the beginning, nor in tho middle, but at the 
end of the race! Much good advice was given 
by Bro. Dierdorff to us all, especially to the young 
lambs iu the fold of Christ. Many are near the 
fold. May they not delay to take the all-import- 
ant step! i 

My prayer is that we may live more faithful 
and consistent to our professions than we have iu 
the past. May our light so shine as to constrain 
others to follow Jesus, our Lord! 

Viola M. Tkostle. 

From the Pipe Creek Church, Miami County, Ind. 

Ouit church held an election for church officers 
Dec. 11. Bro. Isaac Simpler was called to the 
ministry, and brethren Allen Metzger and Wil- 
liam Wissinger to the Deacon's office. May they 
prove faithful in their calling, and help in advanc- 
ing the cause of our Master! 

Our solicitors for the Home Mission reported 
$20.18 for the Mission Fund. I am glad that our 
members are becoming more and more interested 
in the mission work of the church. 

We are in the midst of an interesting series of 
meetings. Bro. Daniel Wysong, of Nappanee, Ind., 
commenced meetings here Dee. 20. We have had 
large congregations aud good interest. Up to 
date, six have been baptized. We are looking for 
a number more to come to the fold of Christ. I 
expect to go to Bear Creek. Montgomery County, 
Ohio, Jan. 9, to commence a series of meetings. 
My prayer In God je, that the cause of Christ may 
prosperl Daniel P. Shively. 


Jan. 13. 1801. 

In Memoriam. 

The subject of this notice, Bro. Daniel E.Fry, 
was born in Lancaster County, Pa., July 22, LS33, 
About tho year 1S53, his parents moved to Steph- 
enson County, 111., and located in the Fellow Creek 
church. Ho there united with the Brethren 
church al i ■■■ of twenty-four years. A 

few years later he was elected to fho ministry in 
saidchurcli. In t] 3 r 1859 lie married sister 
Mary Halm. Together thej 1 migrated to Richard 
son Comity, Nebr., in the \>-.u- 1869, and located 
iu the Pony Creek church (now North Morrill), 
Our brother labored in ili<- ministry until his 
death, about twenty-six years. 

His most powerful mini try was his private, 
every-day life. So far as he was known, he will 
be preaching powerfully, Eor years to oome. The 
Christian influent e he exerted daily, in hisdeport- 
meut, was clearly seen bj the very large attend- 
ance at his funeri I, and the willing kindness man- 
ifested by every one around him, during hi 1 fflii - 
tion and d ath. One hundred and sixh vehicles 
were in tl \ procession. His death, at tho age o£ 

fifty-s< v . . eare, it ie occasioned by " bl I p iis- 

1 501*1 in ■ ■!-■■ of lii ■■ feet. 
Servic . by the writer. Hoisted by bretlnen C. 
Si iperaudT. Eisenbise. We give this father 
extended notice fur t Ik- s;itisiaciion of his many 
fri sncU and relatives in Illinois, Pennsylvania and 
California. J. S. Mohleh. 

From the Walnut Creek Church, Mo. 

We began a series of meetings in our church 
Nov. 22. EM. A. W. Reese, of Warrenshurgh, did 
the preaching. I eting i?ere well attended. 

■ al tenti< <u prevail) d DL 
ings closed Nov. 30. While there no i cci - 

sionE to the ehuri 1 1 ■ i b< emed to be 

built up in the faith once delivered to the saints. 
mon, delivered by Bro. Reese on Thanks- 
giving Day, 1 eii!' 'I ii> ("■ : ■■■ ■ al i . apj ireciatei I 
by all present. Our duty to God for what we 
have and are. was laid before us. Upwards of 
$£.00 was collected. Immediately after the serv- 
ices, the motherless, little children of sister Lan- 
leceased) were remembered with some re- 
freshment-, brought together by the Sunday- 
school class of little boys and girls. In a quiet 
and orderly manner the little ones partook of 
the mi nl thus furnished. Oh, that we might al- 

ays have the good of the poor in view! 

After dinner ili. children, about, twenty-one in 
number, w< co called together to be more fully in- 
■ I works. Bro. Reese, in his loving 
and touching, as well as instructive manner, told 
them of the purj — of th ir coming together, 
that it was to gladden and make happy the hearts 
of the little children who had no mother, also a t- 
monished them earnestly to be -nod children. 
ie] or later, they would be 
without the counsel of a good mother. The chil- 
dren were made to weep and all present felt the 
i in. Long will this day be 

remembered! Israel Chipe. 

Wayside Notes. 

Sept. 19, 1 boarded the train at Conway Springs, 
en route for the above place, to hold several mi et 
ings. Upon my arrival at Seward,— a station on 
the Q. Jl and A. R. 11.. 1 was met by Bro. S. P. 
Weaver, and taken to his pleasant home. Here 
we had mi . ■ uing, 

Sept. 20 we had a council, preparatory 
feast The visit was reported by the deac 
The council passed ofl vt .;. pleasantly. Arrange- 
Sept 27, at Bro. S. P. Weaver's. Wo ■ 

of the 28th. 

A Call from Mendou, Chariton Co., 

1 the Eden \ alley church 
ill. Council met on the 
y pleasantly. "We 

Sept. 25 a young man made application for 
membership, He was baptized uexl day. We fourteen miles to find ■■• suita- 
ble place Eor baptizing. 

Our love-feast Sept, 27, was an enjoyable one. 
Ministers present, Eld. .John Hollinger, G. W. 
ChriBman, M. Keller and the writer. About forty 
members communed. The attendance and order 
ivero good. Tho meetings, Sunday morning and 
ew tiiug, were well attended. 1 returned home on 

M lay, and found all well. Thanks to the Good 

Lord for his mercy! 

Nov. "21 1 went, ag.r 
to at lend quarterly e 
22nd, and passed oil' 

preaching al night, and continued until tho night 
of Dec. T, holding' twenty-two meetings, and visit- 
ing twenty families. We had a good meeting. 

As an immediate visible result, seven souls were 
baptized and two reclaimed. The members were 
much revived, and a good feeling pervaded the en- 
tire audience. There were four members of one 
family baptized at the same time, -something I 
never saw before. Then- are. now .seven members 
in that family,— surely "a church in this house- 

Dec. 8 I returned home and found that, my wife 
had about recovered from a severe attack of sick- 
ness, contracted during my absence. 

John Wise. . 
Conway Springs, Kans. 


I DECEIVED a letter Dec. -1, 
W. Smith, and will give lxere 1 

from friend J. M. 
part of his letter: 

I have written to this friend in Missouri and 
promised to see that the cad is filled, God's time 
.an's opportunity to work, and I hope, dear 
brethren aud sisters, that, while we have the op- 
portunity, we may work with courage, energy and 
zeal for the promotion of the cause of the Blessed 
Christ, that many of the fallen creatures of Adam's 

ce might be redeemed, Friend Smith is living 

the town of Mendon. Samuel Tennis. 

i'W/VnWr, III 

A Young Soldier Has Fallen. 

DEATH makes tremendous strides. About four 
years ago, FIoj d M. Coulson, a young man from 
Carroll County, Va., presented himself before the 
Brethren as a candidate for baptism. Two years 
later he was installed iuto the ministry. At once 
he went about his Father's business, and was soon 
advanced to the second degree of tho ministry. 
He v:i- the only minister the Brethren had in the 

Dunty, aud was very zealous in the good work. 
posed himself to the inclement weather and 
hours of night, in order to meet his appoint- 
ments. Feeling the necessity of a better educa- 
tion, he left the work aud entered school. But 
!ii-. health soon gave way, and lie was advised by 

!•■ ■• [ h> !ci:ii] .■> h'.'i , i- .-■<_■. hi nil. lb' Wilt home and 

tried to work in the Lord's vineyard, but his time 
was up. That dreadful foe of humanity,— con-r 

sumption, —laid hold upon him. 

We visited him a short time before his depart- 
ure. Hetoldushe had made some serious mis- 
lib-, bnl lie had cone >-<d all ami invoked 
thi m rcy of the Lord, lie said he felt sure he 
■■■""ill 1 !i|n\ one of those mansions Jesus had gone 
to prepare for his people, and would wear a crown, 

but it would be starless, on account of his mis- 

Before we left, him we sang and prayed, and he 

praised God with all the strength he had. We 

learn from his mother that, a short time before he 
died, he said his time was short and he must talk 
fast, and he began to preach. He then began to 
shout praises fco God and closed his eyes in death, 
Sept. 1, 1890, aged twenty-two years, nine months 
and sixteen days. 

Death has made frequent visits to this house. 
1.. 1871 a little daughter and sister was laid in the 
tomb. In 1878 a little boy was called home. In 
1884 another little girl was carried iuto the eter- 
nal world. In 1886 death came again and father 
answt red the calk In 1890 death made three vis- 
its and took three loving brothers and left a poor, 
widowed mother, a heart-broken sister and a 
lonely brother to weep and mourn their loss. 
God be merciful to them! C. D. Hylton. 

From Wayside, Kansas. 

Bro. Samuel Edgecoub came to our place on 
Monday, Dec. 15, and commenced a series of meet- 
ings the same night at the Wayside Onion church. 
He preached fourteen instructive sermons. Bro. 
Fogle was also with us. We had good congrega- 
tions and excellent attention, with a growing in- 
terest to the last. The doctrine of the Brethren 
is new to nearly everybody at this place, as the 
Brethren never preached in this neighborhood be- 
fore. What few members live here, feel very 
much encouraged, and we hope, that, sooner or 
later, some will come out on the Lord's side. The 
Brethren closed their meetings on Saturday night, 
the 27th. Many requested our brethren to come 
n. As here is our earthly home, we hope to 
see a church built np, at this place, soon. May 
thi Lord bless the earnest labors of our Brethren 

Bro. Fogle left an appointment at this place for 
once a month, and also at Havauna. If any of our 
ministering brethren pass through here, we would 
be glad to have them stop off at "Wayside or Ha- 
vauna aud preach for us. Mahy E. Needels. 

A Sad Ac;:i..!.!3i!L 

On Saturday, Dec. 13, Charles Kam, son of Bro. 
Grabriel and sister Susan Kara, met with asadand 
fatal accident. 

He drove out to the farm, to bring up some corn 
for the hogs, when suddenly the horses became 
frightened, mid ran away, throwing Charles out of 
tho wagon, injuring him internally. No one was 
i.i. e : a\ the time, but as soou as ho regained 
consciousness, he walked to the house,— a distance 
of about eighty rods. A doctor was at once sum- 
moned and all was done that loving hands could 

It was soon discovered that Charles was fatally 
wounded. When asked who, in case he did not 
get well, should preach his funeral, he requested 
tho writer to do so. He said ho wanted to join the 
church and be baptized. Water was at once pre- 
pared, Charles praying all the time that be might 
be permitted to live a few minutes longer. When 
;dl was, ready, he threw his feet out of the bed and 
told them to hurry, as ho was .lying. Hewas bap- 
tized by his father, and soon after passed away, 
aged nineteen years, three months, and twenty-four 
days. Oh, what, a warning! How precious, very 
precious, were a few minutes to this young man! 
" Oh, Jesus, let me livo a few minutes longer,' " — 
-was his prayer then. . 

Charles was a well-behaved and obliging young 
man. The funeral services were conducted at tho 
Qnion Grove church house by the writer, assisted 
by Bro. Isaiah Howard, to a large congregation of 


sympathizing friends. May the good Lord sustain 
our brother ami sister in this their sad hour of be- 
reavement! Geo. L. Stddebaeer. 
Skideler, Ind. 

From the La Forte Church, Ind. 

The brethren and sisters of the above-named 
church, have recently been enjojiing a feast of 
good things. Our dear brother, Daniel Snell, of 
Sidney, Kosciusko Co., Ind., began a series of ser- 
mons on the evening of Dee. 5, in the Rossburg 
meeting-house, closing on Sunday morning, Dec. 
15, with his twelfth discourse. He began again 
the same evening in the Waterford school-house, — 
a point, about eight miles west from the former 

■re sermons, closiug 

ere delivered with 
Df the Spirit," in a 

place, where he preached six 
on Friday night, Dee. 19. 

These eighteen sermons 
" power and in demoustratk 
maimer peculiar to himself, 
uo additions to report, thes 
doubtedly a success. The instructions, admo 
tions, reproofs and chastisements administer- 
were highly beneficial to us, as the professed c 
ciples of Christ, and the deep impressions tl 
made will not soon bo forgotten. There w< 

larked impressions n 
ot walk in all the coi 
ud who seemed " alm< 

rlul ; 

nits, pr. 

upon others who " do 
idments of the Lord," 
?rsuaded " by the pow- 

in defense of the Truth. 

It appeared, however, that each had his or her 
" Benjamin," that could not yet 1 io given up. May 
God help them to see the propriety and great spir- 
itual advantage in a full surrender of self to the 
will of the Lord, and be saved! 

Although the little church here has been much 
built up, and all have no doubt felt to take fresh 
courage, and resolved to be more zealoiis in our 
uuited work for the Master, the lasting benefits 
will depend upon putting into practice the many 
good lessons taught us by Bro. Snell. Let us not 
forget that some of us, too, may have some self-es- 
teemed treasure, that we must part with, ere a full 
measure of spiritual happiness shall be enjoyed. 
Then, in very truth, will our brother's visit to us 
have been a grand success. May the Good Father 
so order it! 

Sister Snell joined her husband here two days 
before ho closed his meetings, and indulged in 
some sight-seeing at Michigan City where islocat- 

cd Indiana 

s Northern State Prison, to which they 

made a vis 

t. AVe were all sorry that the sister 

did not col 

io so as to be witli us longer, but our 

good wislic 

s go with her, as well as our prayers to 

Heaven ii 

l her behalf, in her many lonesome 


Thuiiston MlLLEE. 


Notes by the Way. 


Dec. 14 I started by private conveyance for 
Berkeley County, W. Va., by way of Sharpsburg. 
I stopped at Bro. Henry Neikirk's, where Bro. Ja- 
cob Bricker met me. "We started at onco on our 
trip, crossing the great Potomac at Skepherds- 
town. After our arrival at Van Clevesville we 
stopped at Bro. George Bricker's. There we 
learned that Bro. Absalom Malotte, of the Pleas- 
ant Ridgo congregation, was holding a series of 
meetings at the church in this village. AVe had 
the privilege of attending two meetings at this 
place. While wo were with them, a man, eighty 
years of ago, united with the church. 

Last October I attended the love-feast at this 
placo. This aged brother w r as there at that time. 
Ho is a cripple, and it took him four days to get 
to (lie meeting. No doubt he was counting the 
cost at that lime. 

On the morning of the sixteenth we started for 
home. AVe went as far as Keedysville and stayed 

for meeting at Marker's Chapel, in the Manor con- 
gregation. The majority of the audience being 
children, they concluded to hold a children's meet- 
ing. "We were permitted to hear Bro. Daniel W< >l E, 
who talked to the children in an interesting man- 
ner. This was the first meeting of this kind I ev- 
er attended and I think there should be more of 
them. Then, perhaps, more of our children would 
be brought up in the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord! J. O. Butei!Jsaugii. 

From the Weeping' Water Church, Nebr. 

The members of the above-named church met 
in regular quarterly council on Saturday, Dee. 27. 
We had a fair attendance. Our elder, Owen Pet- 
ers, was with us and ably assisted in adjusting the 
large amount of business that came before the 

At this meeting, one who formerly was a mem- 
ber, and a minister of this church, was received 
again. His name is Samuel Schloutman. He has 
done all in his power to make reconciliation, and, 
upon his fair promises and humble acknowledg- 

ments, he has been again received into 
ship here, as a private member, a 
usual order. Our prayer is that 
faithful every-where, may resi^' 
prove himself to be steadfast in tl 
grace and peace be multiplied u 
the knowledge of God, and of Jes 

Greenwood, Nebr., Dec. 30. 

• fellow- 
; to the 

J. L. Snavely. 

My Visit to the North Manchester Church, Ind, 

I left home Dec. (J, and arrived at North Man. 
Chester the same day, and commenced meetings ii 
their church, two miles west of town, where tin 
Annual Meeting was held in 1S7S. The meetings 
grew in interest and- attendance, and, during the 
twenty-seven times that we met for worship, the 
Lord blessed the church with nine additions by 
baptism. Quite on interest seemed to be 


This church has a large membership. H 
sided over by Eld. R, H. Miller and is in g( 
der. The Brotherhood 
church there, that 

illi ih 

brother's health is beinj 
stored. He only missed one meeting during my 
visit there. 

To those dear young brethren and sisters that 
gave their hearts to God, 1 would say, "Be faith- 
ful and improve the talents God has given you for 
the promotion of his cause." To all the members 
I return my sincere thanks for their kindness to 
me. I arrived home Dec. 23 and found all well. 
Silas Gilbert. 

Lightsville, Ohio. 

From the Naperville Church, 111. 

Bro. D. E. BrubAKER, of Mt. Morris, com- 
menced a series of meetings on the evening of Dec. 
I'.). We had our quarterly council on Saturday, 
Dec 20. All the business that came before the 
meeting was adjusted in a Christian feeling. We 
were glad to have Bro. Brubaker's presence and 
aid in the work. On Sunday Bro. Brubaker 
preached to an attentive congregation.. Wo do 
hope and pray that lasting impressions were made. 
Though we had fine moon-light nights during our 
meetings, yet the congregations were not as large 
as they should have been. Bro. Brubaker labored 
for us until the evening of Dec. 26. He then, in 
company with Bro. J. Sollenberger, left to fill ap- 
pointments south of Joliet. 

Bro. Brnbaker labored earnestly and faithfully 
in the cause of our Master. Oh! how we were 
made to rejoice when we saw one precious soul 

promise to unite with the church in the near fut- 
ure. We hope he will not put it off too long, for 
delay is dangerous. 

Many good impressions were made which we 
hope will be lasting. How our hearts burned 
within us as our brother was opening the Script- 
ures to us. May the Lord bless our brother, 
whom we have all learned to love! May he do 
much good for the Master and have many bright 
stars in his crown! Haiivey M. Bakkboll. 

Dec. 19. 

From Rocky Ford, Colo. 

I left my homo Dec. 18 to visit aud hold some 
meetings with a few isolated members, living in 
Kiowa County, this State. I was driven fifteen 
miles north to Meredith, on the Missouri Pacific 
Ii. R., where [ took the train for Eads. I was met 
by Bro. John Shoemaker and conveyed to his. 
home, a distance of six miles. Here I met with 
sister Elizabeth Shoemaker. Brother and sister 
Shoemaker formerly lived at Ashland, Ohio. 

We spent the greater part of the day in holy 
conversation. In the evening sister France joined 
our company, having driven about twenty miles to 
meet with us. At night we went to the school- 
house, where we met in public worship with their 
neighbors aud children. Thus we met live times. 
All felt that "it was good to be there." I visited 
all the families in the immediate vicinity of our 
meetings, and enjoyed their friendship anil hospi- 
tality very much. I have not met with a more 
kind and sociable people, in all my experience iu 
the ministry, and will always hold them in fond 
remembrance when imploring the divine blessings. 

I trust that ministering brethren will remember 
this place, and give them some meetings occasion- 
ally. I returned home Dec. 21th and found all 
well,— thank the Lord! John J. Hoovej;- 

Dec. 27. 

From the Franklin Church, Decatur Co., Iowa. 

Bro. Abraham Wolf, of the Libertyville church, 
Jefferson Co., Iowa, came Dec. 13th to hold a pro- 
tracted meeting with us. He began the same ev- 
ening and continued until the night of the 21st f 
preaching in all eleven sermons. He also was 
with us and helped us iu a council-meeting on the 

Our brother faithfully discharged his duty in 
holding forth the Word of Life. Would that ev- 
ery hearer might discharge his duty as well! The 
members were strengthened in the "one faith," 
sinners warned to forsake their ways, and one soul, 
who had wandered away, returned to the fold. 
May she, and all of us, who have started Zionward, 
ever live faithful, and strive to labor together in 
peace aud union iu the good cause, for "how good 
and how 7 pleasant it is for brethren to dwell to- 
gether in union." "In union there is strength." 
Pray for us! Jemima Kob. 

Dec. 27. 

From the Blackwater Congregation, Va. 

The Blackwater congregation met, at the Anti- 
och meeting-honse, Franklin Co., Va , on Satur- 
day, Dec. '20, to elect two brethren to the ministry 
and advane tvra brethren to the second degree of 
that office. The adjoining elders, brethren Daniel 
Peters and Hen ry Bikenberry, also Riley Flora, 
their home elder, were present. 

As the result of the election three brethren were 
called to the first degree of the ministry. One of 
the brethren, who was to be advanced, was ab- 
sent ; the ethers were installed into their respective 
offices. Those newly chosen are: Brethren Lewis 
Brubaker, Charles Montgomery and Samuel M. 
Bikenberry, May they adorn their holy calling! 
George Bowman. 


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Bko. Geo. Buohbb, of Kleiufeldersville, Leb- 
anon Oo., Pa., reports eight baptized in the Tulpe- 
hoeken church during (lie month of December. 

We still have on hand n good lot of the Breth- 
ren's Almanac for 1891, and all orders are being 
promptly filled. Every family should have a 
'copy of the Almanac. 

Bro. Galen B. Royeh spent the Holiday va- 
cation with the Brethren of (he Waddarn's Grove 
church, Illinois. The meetings were full of in- 
terest, with one applicant for baptism. 

E -Time 

less answering o' letters. 

t3~The Messhxcieu is mailed each week to nil subscribers. II the at 
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The Gospel jyiessenger 

It ab., maintains that FeeL-washinc as taught in Jolin i;,, both by ex- 
ample and command of Jesus, should be observed in the church. 

That the Lord's Supper, Instituted by Christ and as universally ob- 
served by the aposties and the early Christians, h a full meal, and, in 
■■ ir.!j r. i j v Ci.innniTiiini, should be taken in the evenine; or alter 
the close ot the day. 

That -.he Salutation of the Holy Kiss, 

: I [Christ, 

That War and Retaliation are contrar 
principles ol the religion of Jesus Christ 

That the principle ol Plain Dressing and ol Non-conformity to the 
taught in the New Testament,- should be observed by the fol- 

c Sick with Oil, in the Name 
of the Lord, James :: ij, is binding upon all Christian.-. 

It also advocates the church's duty to support Missionary' and Tract 
Work. Urns pri mi; tu the Lord Kr the swead ,,! the (Jospe) and for the 
conversion of sinners. is a vindicator of all that Christ and the apostles have en- 
joined upon u=, and aims, amid the contlicting theories and discords of 
m-iern Christendom, to point out ground that all must concede to be hv 

of Charity, is binding 
spirit and self-denying 

fal ibl) safe, 

Mount Morris, 111., 

Bko. Hope is laboring among the Scandinavians 
in Kansas. 

Bro. J. H. MoOBEeaye: " One was baptized here 
on Christmas; wuther is eool; meetings wore in- 

Bbo. D. E. Price, who had intended to start on 
bis Western trip, lasi week, was, by the illness of 
his wife, detained at home. 

Will some of the Brethren, living near Wash- 
ington C. H.. Ohio, inform us if there is an organ- 
ized church near that place? 

Bbo. M. L. Hahn, of the Upper Stillwater 
church, Ohio, lias been holding meetings at 
Bloomerton, Ohio. Five were added to the church 
by baptism. 

A BBTEB of Allen County, Kansas, writes us a 

kind letter, requesting a private explanation of 

b chapter of 1 Corinthians, in regard to the 

overing, but fails to sign her name. If 

ei name, wo will reply to tfcs letter- 

Bito. James R. Gish reached this place on the 
3rd iust. Ho will spend some time here, attend- 
ing the Bible Term. Bro. Gish, wo hope, will 
also do some preaching for us. 

The Brethren at Tine Creek, Ogle Co., ILL 
have been holding a series of interesting meetings. 
The home ministers, with help from surrounding 
churches, have been doing the preaching. 

Bko. David Eire is preaching for the Brethr 
at Franklin Grove, 111. The meetings will co 
tinue for some time. 

On Sunday, Dec. 28, brethren Rover and Ainick 
attended dedication services in a new church at 
Burnettsville, White Co., Intl. Bro. Royer con- 
tinued the meetings two evenings, and three were 

Bito. John N. Kimmel, of Wadesville, Clark 
Co., Ya., wants the address of Frederick Eich- 
boltz, who moved from Indiana to Kansas about 
fifteen years ago. He will be thankful for the re- 
quired information. 

How is it with the good resolutions made on the 
first day of the new year? Are you living up to 
n? If not, do you know that yon are weaker 
to meet life's temptation than you were be- 
fore yon made and broke your last vow? 

Bbo. Simon E. Ytjndt, of this place, spent a 
week and a half at Loren in tho Yellow Creek 
church, Stephenson Co., 111., returning on the 2nd 
iust. Sis united with the church during the meet- 
ings. Bro. Yundt's health is not good at present. 

Bro. James M. Neff is now located at 145 
Broad St., Knoxville, Tenn., where he should be 
addressed. He says: " So far as I know, there are 
seven members in the city besides myself." May 
not these eight members form a nucleus around 
which a strong and prosperous church may be 
formed? If there are any readers of the Mes- 
senger in or about the city, they will please drop 
a card to Bro. Neff, giving their address. 

The last edition of "Europe and Bible Lands," 
now exhausted, so far as the cloth binding is 
concerned. A few copies of the leather binding 
still to be had. As soon as possible a new 
edition, the tenth, will be published, and all 
orders will be promptly filled. The book has had 
■emarkable sale, and there is still a constant de- 
mand for it. Address all orders to Brethren's 
Publishing Company, Mt. Morris, 111. 


The. Mt Morris Index, our local paper, and, by* 
the way, it is one of the best local papers in Ogle 
County, has this to say about the District Meet- 
ing held at this place Dec. 18, 1890: " A represent- 
ative meeting of the Brethren church was held in 
this place a short time ago for the purpose of 
dopting measures whereby means may be pro- 
cured to relieve the distressed and suffering hu- 
manity in Kansas, Nebraska and Dakota. So- 
licitors of funds were appointed for the several 
congregations, and Eld. David Price, of this place, 
was selected to attend personally, to the division 
and distribution. It is a well-known fact that the 
Brethren church is among the first in tho land as 
regards charity, and one thing greatly in their fa- 
vor is, that charity at home comes first," 

Will who have queries unanswered, 
pleas. • hear with us a little longer? Wo hope soon 
to find time to give more attention to that depart- 

Bko. J. M. Mohleb held meetings at Peters^ 
burgh, Pa,, during the closing days of the old 
year. There wore twelve applicants for baptism. 
Bro. Mohler went from Petersburgh to Ashland, 

Bro. I. B. Keller, of the Ephratah eongrega^ 
tion, Pa., reports a series of meetings held by Bro. 
John Heir, of Lebanon County, Pa. The Lord 
blessed the labors, and twelve came out on the 
Lord's side. 

Bro. T. T. Myers and Wilbur Stover spent the 
vacation week at Mt. Carroll, 111., holding meet- 
ings for the Brethren. An excellent interest was 
awakened, and three made application for baptism. 
This was at the close of the meeting; for the 
brethren were compelled to give up the work at 
the end of the week. The indications were favor- 
able for a great work, if it had been possible for 
the brethren to have continued the meetings. 

The General Missionary Committee met at this 
place, on the Gth inst. Brethren Jas. R. Gish and 
J. C. Murray were present, and assisted by their 
counsel and advice. Arrangements were made to 
locate a minister in Louisiana. Assistance was 
given to build a house of worship in Lincoln, Nebr., 
where Bro. L. H. Eby has been laboring for some 
time. Calls for help were also responded to in 
other localities. Reports from various fields of 
labor show that some work is being done for the 
Lord, and still there are many calls that must 
go unheeded, because men can not be found to till 

Accounts of bloodshed and sickening details of\ 
cruelty fill our daily papers, as the news of tho 
Indian war come to us. An attempt to disarm a 
determined band of Indians, resulted in an out- 
break in which twenty-five United States soldiers 
were killed and thirty wounded. The result was, 
that almost the entire band of Indians, — men, 
women and children, — were massacred. Is it not 
shameful in the highest degree that, in this en- 
lightened age, a band of soldiers, belonging to the 
foremost civilized nation in the world, should in- 
dulge in the barbarous practice of killing helpless 
women and children? Tho treatment of the In- 
dians by tho Government has been marked by 
terrible wrongs. The present trouble grows out , 
of violated treaties and broken promises. ^J 

Oor readers possess a good deal of patience. 
This has been made manifest to us recently in a 
special way. Our large paper cutter was broken, 
and after having it repaired, it was found that Jt 
was not strong enough to do the Messenger trim- 
ming, and, as a result, we have been sending the 
paper out folded and pasted without trimming it, 
and to this arrangement our readers have quietly 
submitted, only a few intimating that a trimmed 
paper would be more acceptable to them. We are 
arranging to introduce a machine into our office 
that will paste, fold, and trim the Messenger as 
it comes from the press. Wo hope to have it in 
working order before many rnoro weeks pass 
around. Then the paper will again bo neatly 
trimmed when it reaches our readers. To those 
who have so patiently borne with the inconvenience 
of outting their papers, we offer our thanks. The 
new machinery will obviate this clifiiculty, and the, 
paper will before long, wo trust, bo neatly 



The Franklin Grove clum-li, Leo Co., 111., has 
raieeci a donation of about$600.00 1'prtlie Western 
sufferers. We believe this money was given U'itb 
willing and cheerful hearts, and surely the Lord's 
blessing will attend those who help to relievo the 
poor and needy. 

render such hell 
the funds in ban 

M. T. Baeh, under date of the 5th inst, 
I have been holding meetings in the Miner- 

al IVC 


am not able to report anything encouraging as to 
his ease. I am happy to say, that, spiritually, his 
condition is good." 


The Special Bible Term, now in session at this 
place, is now in successful progress. The series 
of sermons on Church Government, by Bra J. G. 
Royer, were exceedingly interesting. The Bible 

classes and the Sundav-schuul Normal work are also 
fall of interest. Bro. James R. Gish i B conduct- 
ing a special class in the study "of the New Testa- 
ment. There are about forty ministers Iiere now, 
and we are not at a loss for preachers. This week, 
in addition to the other work, a series of sermons 
will be given on the Evidences of Christianity, to 
be followed next week by Doctrinal Sermons. 
The work is a good one, and we wish more of our 
ministers might have the advantage of enjoying 

We are sometimes disposed to murmur and find 
fault with our lot in life. We talk about persecu- 
tion and suffering for Christ's sake, but we have 
yet to learn the first letter in the alphabet of 
suffering for the cause of Christ, In this country 
we are free in the fullest sense of the word, to 
worship God according to his commandments. 
Imprisonment stares none of us "in the face for 
adhering to the principles of the Gospel. Not 
long since we received a letter from our brother 
Andrew Westergren, of Sweden, in which lie in- 
formed us that he was sentenced to some months 
of imprisonment, for refusing to take up arms and 
become a soldier. And now Bro. Olssen writes us 
of another brother, who has been sentenced to two 
years' imprisonment, because he adheres with great 
firmness to the peace principles, taught by Christ, 
and held by the Brethren church. Bro. Olssen 
closes his letter by asking the prayers of the entire 
Brotherhood in behalf of the prisoners, who are 
suffering for Christ's sake. A taste of jjersecu- 
tion might arouse the church in America, for we 
are not doing what we can for the Lord. If we 
were doing more for the Lord, wo would have less 
time to find fault with the church and with her 
work. May God grant ns his grace and the 
unction of the Holy Ghost, that wo may be faith- 
ful, for we may yet be called upon to suffer for 
Christ's sake! May our prayers go up to God for 
those who now suffer! 


As was noted in last week's Messengeu, the 
Northern District of Illinois met and effected a 
special organized plan for raising money and dis- 
tributing it among the needy in Kansas, Nebraska 
and Dakota. Already more than SI, 000.00 has 
been sent in by the various churches in the State 
District, — one church alone having contributed 
over $'100.00, and others lesser sums. Owing to 
the fact that, in the past, many complaints have 
hern made that funds appropriated did not reach 
tho parties for whom they were intended, the 
District Meeting thought it well to appoint a 
general distributor, and Eld. D. E. Price was ap- 
pointed to attend to the work of distribution, 

pra P$ce will visit tho destitute districts, nnd 

cases found demand, ami 
arrant him in doing. 
Those who give will rest assured that the money 
contributed will bo carefully used, and that it will 
go for the purpose it was given. Several thousand 
dollars will doubtless be raised in Northern 
Illinois to help tho sufferers. 

Will not other State Districts make a move in 
this matter? Tho hard, cold, stern winter is up- 
on us, and there are people suffering from cold 
and hunger. We have many letters from the West, 
asking for clothing to keep them warm from the 
cold blasts of winter, and food to feed tho starving 
children. We know if these letters < ould be read 
by our Brethren generally, hearts would be moved 
to help the suffering. 

One sister says: "Our crops were a total failure. 
My husband is sick, and we do not have covering 
In h '-\> warm in bed, nor sufficient food for the 
children, and unless we receive help we must suf- 
f,r greatly." _ 

A brother'says: "We are in great need. We 
raised no crop here this year. We do not have 
winter clothing or provision. I have lost my 
health and am unable to work." 

The following appeal, signed by tho Lieutenant 
Governor Fletcher and other prominent citizens, 
with reference to the condition in Brown County, 
South Dakota, shows what is needed in one County 
alone : 

"It is with a large degree of humiliation that 
the farmers of the north and west portions of 
Brown County have again to appeal to a chariti 
l>le and generous public for aid to carry us throng 
the coming winter. 

" Last year our crops were miserably poor, but 
owing to the large-hearted benevolence of a ge 
ous people. — both in and outside the State -the 
consideration given us by our railroads, and the 
energy of many of our public men, wo have man- 
aged to live through the year. This year, we re- 
gret to say, the failure of our crops from drouth, 
has been move complete and disastrous than ever 
before; some farmers receive two or three bushels 
of wheat to the acre, some do not get back as much 
as they put into the ground, and many have not 
harvested a single bushel of anything. Oats, 
potatoes, corn and other crops have fared equally 
as bad as wheat, and indeed worse. As the conse- 
quence of these two seasons of failure we have 
reached the limit of ourmeaus, we have mortgaged 
everything upon which money can be realized, 
and tc-day we find ourselves utterly destitute of 
food, seed grain, clothing, fuel and other neces- 
saries of life. We have not even the means to 
leave the State, if we were so disposed, and unless 
aid comes to us in some way, there is nothing in 
store for us but cold, hunger and death. Realiz- 
ing our fearful condition, and feeling that we do 
not appeal to a merciful people in vain, and that 
tho Almighty God will not suffer us to perish, we 
ask those who have been blessed with plenty to 
open their hearts once again and save us from the 
impending calamity, and God will surely bless the 

" A careful personal canvass, by committees, 
selected at a public meeting, held at Hecla, Oct. 
18th, has been made of several of the towns. 

"The committee for Greenfield township reports 
that the average yield of wheat was one-half bushel 
per acre for the township, and that oats, iiax, 
barley and potatoes are a total failure. 

" The committee for Brainard township reports 
about the same yield, and that ninety-five per 
cent, of the people need aid at once. The com- 
mittee for tho other towns report about the same 
nmdirinn of affairs, A fW individual cftsee hftvo 

hern selected, whose names and post-office ad- 
dress are given, that any who doubt the state- 
ments here given, may substantiate them by per- 
sonal correspondence. Hundreds of families 
might be named whose circumstances are fully as 
bad as these, but it was thought unnecessary to 
multiply cases, and the circumstances of a few are 

given to show the condition in which nearly all 
are placed. 

"Geo. Schmidt, Claremont, S. 1). this year 
sowed 325 acres to wheat and harvested '251 bush- 
els. He is a renter and has one-half of tho crop, 
winch is covered by a crop mortgage. He has 
four small children, the youngest of which is two 
years old. He has no fuel for the winter, no flour, 
no potatoes and nothing to buy with. 

"Geo. Godfrey, Detroit, S. D., sowed 230 acres 
to wheat and harvested forty-three bushels. He 
has no fuel, no flour, no potatoes, and not a dollar 
in the world. 

"Mrs. Featherhoff, Detroit, S. D. is a widow 
with four children. She has no potatoes, no fuel 
and nothing to live on. 

"Fred G raff, Hecla, S. D., has three children. 
He has no fuel, scanty clothing and no money. 
His hay was burned by a prairie fire." 

Extracts from private letters and appeals might 
be given to great length, but this will suffice to 
show that there is actual sull'ering, and that help 
is needed. Our brethren are not slow to help 
when the necessity for help exists. 

We will continue to receive money from those 
desiring to assist in this good work, and see that 
it is distributed, through flu.' agency of Bro. D. E. 
Price, or sent directly feo those who are suffering 
for the necessaries of life. It' the State Districts 
do not take action, then individual churches can 
raise money and forward it. All sums received 
will be acknowledged through" the Messenger, 
and an account given as to the disposition made 
of the money. 

The following sums of money have been re- 
ceived at this office tor the Western sufferers, and 
will be used as indicated in tho preceding article: 

Geo. Clapper, Yellow Creek, Pn., S 5 00 

J. J. Shamberger, White Cloud, Mo., 5 00 

A. B. Wallick, Bloomingdale, Midi .".no 

Canton Church, Stark Co., Ohio 10 96 

Maggie Barkley Bail, South Strabane, Pa., 1 00 

Elkhart church, Indiana, 11 00 

Caroline Smith, Grellton, Ohio 1 80 

Mrs. A. C. Barr, Philadelphia, Pa., 1 00 

C. H. Koop, Denning's, Md. T 1 00 

Deep Water church, Henry Co., Mo., 7 05 

Phebe Zook, Mattawana, Pa., 40 

J. J. Cripe and family, Pyrmont, Ind., 5 00 

Ella and J. Cripe, Walkerton, Ind 3 00 

J. B. Clapper, Carey, Ohio, 10 00 

Susan Clapper, Carey, Ohio, 5 25 

J. B. Clapper, Carey, Ohio, 1 00 

Sister Piatt, Carey, Ohio, . . . ; 1 00 

J. Wohlgauott, Carey, Ohio, 1 00 

Sarah AVohlganott, Carey, Ohio 50 

O. Clapper, Carey, Ohio 50 

Levi Shubert, Carey, Ohio, 25 

Sallio Elliott, Carey, Ohio, 50 

Mollie Shengle, Carey, Ohio, 2 00 

A sister, Harleysville, Pa., 5 00 

Middlefork church, Indiana 15 01 

A brother and sister, Ashland, Ohio, 1 75 

Charlotte J. Koontz, N.Eiver, Va., 50 

John Bennett, Elbinsville Pa. 2 00 

Grundy County church, Iowa, 42 70 

Z. Arnold, Ellsworth, 111 1 40 

Deep Water church, Mo., 45 

O. H. Elliott, Gambier, Ohio, 50 

Total .•■ |l! ! 


Jim. 13, 1891. 

Missionary and Tract Work Department. 

"Upon the first day of the v, ivk, 
let every one of you lay by him in 
store as God hath prospered him. 
that there be no gntlv.i.: 
eomc."- 1 Cor. 16: 3. 

" livery man as he purposctli i 
his heart, so let him give. No 
grudgingly or of necessity, for th 
Lord loveth a cheerful giver."— 

Organization of Missionary Committee. 

ANIEL VakimaK, Fore-man. - - McPherson, Kans. 

. L. Miller, Treasurer, - - - Mt. Morris, 111 

alex B. RoYEB, Secretary, - - • ML Morris, 111. 

Organization of Book and Tract Work. 

. W. Hoover, Foreman, - - - Dayton, Ohio. 

. Bock, Secretary and Treasurer, - • Dayton, Ohio. 

•All donations intends i lor Missionary Work should he s 

v- B. Rover, Mt- Morris. 111. 

'All money for Tract Work should he sent to S. Bock, D 



Number Two. 
In this article we notice, first, an objection to 
our method of preaching, and we notice one case 
only, as a sample. A man approached the writer, 
with the following remark: "I don't like your 
manner of preaching." We wished to know what 
was wrong. " Why/' said he, " you ought not to 
preach these hard things,— such as tlie ordinances 
and commandments. These," he said, "will tend 
to discourage the people, and then you can not 
get them into the church," We inquired what 
course he would suggest or recommend. He 
said, " You should appeal more to their emotional 
feelings— get them converted, and then they will 
come into the church. Then, after they are intho 
church, preach to them these hard things. You. 
must speak smooth things before hand, or you can 
not catch them." 

We asked him if he would like to see his " Pho- 
to?" He said, "Have you my picture?' We 
told him we had. " Well, yes, I believe I would 
like to see it." We opened the Bible, and read 
from Isa. 30: 10, which reads as follows: "Which 
say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, 
Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us 
smooth things, prophesy deceits." "Well," said 
he, "I guess it is aptly applied." Again we hear 
Paul saying, " For the time will come when they 
will not endure sound doctrine; but after their 
own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, 
having itching ears; and they shall turn away 
their ears from the truth, and shall be turned i 
fables." 2 Tim. 4: 3, -i. We can surely see that 
the words of both Isaiah and Paul, are literally 
faue, even now. 

Next we notice the language of Jude, as applied 
to these days. He says, " But, beloved, remember 
ye the words which were spoken before of the 
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that 
they told you there should be mockers in the last 
time, who should walk after their own ungodly 
lusts. These be they who separate themselves, 
sensual, having not the spirit.*' Jude 17, IB, 19. 
Here the apostle is calling attention to what shall 
take place in the last time, "These be they who 

parate themselves." We are to understand the 
above language, as applied to some who separated 
themselves from the church, for he is speaking 'to 
those who were in the church, and is forewarning 
them of what should take place. 

Now we have certainly seen, in our own day and 

time,— and in our own beloved Brotherhood, a 

Mnplete fulfillment of the above case, when it was 

dd (by those whom we had learned to love), 

We will separate ourselves from all who stand 
with the, then recognized Annual Meeting." 
Eight here, it may be asked, " Is there any proof 
that those who so said, were not under the infhi- 
• of the Holy Spirit, when they so resolved? " 
iccr. — The Holy Spirit does not give liberty to 
any man, or number of men, to sever the fellow- 
ship between him or them and others, unless such 

ember or members, violate a Gospel or Chris- 
tian principle. All persons become members of 
the church upon their confession of faith in Christ, 
and promise of fidelity to the principles and pre- 
cepts of the Gospel, and they can not be dismissed 
i fellowship according to the Word of the 
Lord, until they violate said Gospel principles or 

In the case cited above, .as given by Jude,- and 

also in that acted out by " Resolution," when one 

broad sweep was made, irrespective of character, 

distinction was observed between the orderly 

disorderly ones. No difference how loyal and 
true to Gospel or church rules any of them were, 
they must go out of the camp. If this is in har- 
mony with the spirit of the Lord, then we have to 
confess our utter ignorance of the Law of the Ho- 
ly Spirit. We do see in this a very lucid fulfilling 
of prophecy, as applied to the church. 

Nest, we notice the language, as given by the 
apostle John, "Little children, it is the last time: 

id as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, 

en now are there many antichrists; whereby we 

iow that it is the last time. They went out from 

i, but they were not of us; for if they had been 
of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: 
but they went out, that they might be made man- 
ifest that they were not all of us." 1 John 2: IS, 

Here you can see how completely the testimony 
of Jude and John agree,— Jude saying, "Having 
not the spirit," and John saying, " that they were 
not all of us." This is equal to saying, that such 
as were not of us, had a different spirit, for if they 
had not been, under the influence of a differ* nt 
spirit, they would have remained with us, — for un- 
der the guidance of the same Spirit, they must 
unite instead of separate. Through the influ- 
ence of such as were actuated by a foreign spirit, 
some were induced to fall in line, and go along 
with them. Hence we have the form of expres- 
sion, used by John, when he said, " Not all of us." 
Some were led away, who had not the spirit of op- 
position, and therefore were of us, but were mis- 
led. Such persons deserve pity, more than cen- 

(To be continued.) 



JiY [i\.MEL HAYS. 

Foil eighteen centuries the cruel hand of op- 
pression has ruled the " land of promise," and the 
iron heel of persecution has trampled upon the 
rights of a people " led away captive into all na- 
tions." But at the time of the end, the Jews shall 
return to their own land. That time we have now 
entered. Moslem power is now in the decline, and 
God's ancient people are again returning to the 
land of their fathers. 

The ruthless persecution of the Jews in Russia, 
is raising up in all enlightened lands a proper 
sense' of justice for this long oppressed people. 

Those who have cherished anti-Jewish preju- 
dices hitherto, are now brought to silence and 
shame by witnessing the cruel wrongs endured by 
this persecuted people. Many who stood aloof 
and looked on with cold indifference, are now act- 
ive with kindly interest and gcod will toward 
them, which speaks volumes for the practical 
growth of the true spirit of a common brother- 
hood. This was the sentiment of Paul when he 
said: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer for 
Israel is that they might be saved." 

Two remarkable conferences between leading 
men and the Jews of Chicago and London, two 
commercial centres of the Old and New Worlds, 
to discuss questions of vital interest to the relig- 
ious world, furnishes new evidence of the spirit of 
unity, of humanity and good will, that is animat- 
ing both Jew and Gentile, and is a precursor of 
the spirit that shall move the nations to hasten 
the return of the Jews to their native land. We 
may regard this spirit of amity, springing up be- 
tween Jew and Gentile, as one of the significant 
signs of the times. It is an evidence of the fulfill- 
ment of prophecy concerning this long oppressed 
people. It is evident that when the Jews shall re- 
turn again to their land, it will be through the as- 
sistance and encouragement of other nations. 
England is preparing the way for Israel's return. 
Her statesmen are in sympathy with the move, and 
the Jewish population of Palestine is growing and 
still increasing, year by year, by an influx of He- 
brews from all over the world. 

The relentless persecution of the Jews in Russia 
has been a problem almost inexplicable to many 
minds; but " God moves in a mysterious way his 
wonders to perforin,"' and Russian oppression lias 
turned the heart and feet of this people toward 
their own land. It is estimated that a million or 
more will leave Russia within the next four 
months. It was thought, for a while, that they 
would come to America; but the delegates repre- 
senting the largest colonies of thirty-six different 
Russian cities, after a prolonged discussion, unan- 
imously decided in favor of Palestine as their fut- 
ure home. This movement is in direct fulfillment 
of prophecy. Israel is first to be restored to their 
native land, before their conversion to Christianity, 
and their conversion shall be the work of the Lord 
himself. (See Ezekiel 36: 2^-28.) 

The return of the Jews to the land of Canaan 
will be upon the decline of Mohammedan power. 
St. John, in Rev. 10: 12, says, "The sixth angel 
poured out his vial upon the great river Euphra- 
tes; and the water thereof was dried up, that the 
way of the kings of the east might be prepared." 
Moslem power has been waning for years. The 
Jews enjoy comparative security under Turkish 
rule. The great river has so far dried up that 
this kingly race, originally from the east, are now 
crossing over into the laud which will again be. 
theirs. Thus the continued persecution of the. 
Jews in Russia will be the means of their return 
to the land of their fathers. If God raised up 
Pharaoh, whose oppression of ancient Israel turned 
their hearts to" their own land, has not the same 
over-ruling Hand raised up Autocratic Russia for 
a similar purpose? And if Pharaoh and his host 
f.dl in o vain attempt to bring again the children 
of Israel into bondage at (lie Red Sea, will not 
despotic Russia— the Gog and Magog of proph- 
ecy,- fall in the same endeavor at the battle of 
Armageddon? Surely the times and the destinies 
of nations are in God's hands. We are upon the 

of sfa 

under his control. He who indicates the.approach 
of summer by the opening buds of spring, would 

13, 1891 


this lite, and so that elf 
wares." " And w] 
all, Watch." 

The return of tl 
importance to us, 
ment o£ the times 

spoke o 
hall he 

I Jews to the Holy Land is of 
ecause it indicates the lultill- 
,i the Gentiles. The Jews have 
jion of the Holy Land since A. 
B °70° whenlferusaleni was taken by Titus. Our 
lis event in these words: "E 
at distress in the land, anilwra 
upon this people. And they shall tall by the edge 
of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all 
nations." Lnko 21: 24. The fulness of the times 
o£ the Gentiles marks the close of this age and 
the second coining of Christ. " Watch ye there- 
fore aud pray always, that ye may be accounted 
worthy to escape all these things that shall como 
to pas's, and to stand before the Son of man." 
Moore's Store, Ya. 


I take this method of calling attention to the 
general mission work of our District. From the 
present outlook I am afraid that we, as a State 
District are neglecting one of the grandest prin- 
ciples in our Brotherhood, by failing to support 
the mission work. 

I must admit, brethren, that the churches m 
Middle Indiana are doing a grand work in support 
of the Old Folks and Orphans' Homo at Mexico, 
Inch, and while some few congregations have re- 
sponded liberally to the demands oi the general 
' " vork a larae majority has done nothing 
Sneeour last District Meeting. Some wealthy 
oncregations have contributed nothing for the 
general mission work, since I have been appointed 
District Treasurer (or at least they have not re- 
ported to me). I acknowledge that I have neg- 
lected my duty, as Treasurer, in not seeing or no- 
tifying the elders to appoint solicitors in the sev- 
eral churches, so that each member could have an 
opportunity to give. 

Now, brethren, let us go to work all along the 
line! Let solicitors bo appointed in each church 
in Middle Indiana, aud solicit every member.. It 
we would only get an average of five cents to the 
member, by nest District Meeting, all would be 
surprised to see the report of your District Treas- 
urer. Benjamin Neef, District Treasurer. 

Eight Accessions. - Bro. I. J. Rosenberger 

closed a three weeks' series of meetings with us 
Dee. 15. Among the eight who united with the 
church, six were heads of families. Others ex- 

Six Auditions. -Dee. 7 the writer commenced 
a series of meetings near Climax, Camden Co. 
Mo. I remained until Dee. 15, preaching, in all 

.St, and were baptized. Many others wen 

near the 

Two Baptized.— Our meeting is still 
in the Bacooon Creek church. One wa 
yesterday (Doc. 19), which caused muc 
Two have been baptized and others i 
kingdom.— Qco. L. Studebaker. 

At Work.— The Brethren of the Rogue Ely 
church, Oregon, have been enjoying an interesting 
series of meetings, held by Bro. D. Brower, who 
commenced his labors at this place Dec. 21 May 
God bless these efforts to tho upbuilding of Zion. 
—J. M. Vanhorn, Dee, 22. 

Enjoyable Meetings. - Bro. Oliver Beaver 
came to tho Middle Creel; church, Mahaska Co., 
Iowa, Dec. 12, and remained until the 22nd, dur- 
ing which timo he preached twelve sermons. 
While there were no immediate accessions, the 
,. ,-h was greatly built up, and all were en- 
couraged to press onwurd.-JEZmM Odbh, Dec. 

id Meetings.— Bro. C. Holderman enmo to 
us, at Jericho, Cedar Co, Mo, Dec. G, to com 
ies of meetings. Ho preached eleve 
all. Tho Gospel was set forth to us i 
all its beauty and simplicity. Six were added t 
this church, recently, by letter.— Samuel Duncan. 
A Pleasant Council.-TIio Clear Creek church 
Huntington Co, Ind, met in council Deo. G, and 
disposed of such business, as camo before the 
church, iu a Christian-like manner, to the satis- 
faction' of all that were present. There was a col- 
lection taken up for tho missionary fund aud the 
Book and Tract Work.— Henry Shock. 

In Love and Union.— The Cheyenne church, 
Kans, is in love and union. Some of the Breth- 
ren are in poor circumstances on account of the 
I failure, or partial failure, of crops last year, yet 
we have not asked for aid. We have a regular ap- 
pointment near Bird City, but as we have only one 
minister and one deacon at present, traveling 
ministers are requested to remember the Cheyenne 
church, when passing by-Mary Sllfer, Dec. 28. 
Good MEETiscs.-Bro. John Gable, of New 
Sharon Iowa, came to hold some meetings for us. 
We moved from his congregation last March aud 
are now living in Page County, isolated from any 
o£ the Brethren. Bro. John preached live inter- 
esting sermons for us. He told us many good 
lings, and gave us good advice. Some things 
were new to the audience, for they had never 
heard any of the Brethren preach, and while they 
thought 'it to be strange doctrine, yet they ad- 
mitted it to be true. We would be glad to have 
any of our ministers come and preach for us.— 
Isaac E. Webb. 

Ministee Elected. - The love-feast in the 
Verdigris church, Kansas, was a refreshing season 
to all • Bro. Lemuel Hillery preached for us one 
week prior to the feast. Owing to the busy 
leasonandthe inclemency of the weather, the at- 
tl , u ,l„nce was not as large as usual, and while there 
were no additions, yet we know that the efforts 01 
our dear brother are not in vain. On the morn- 
ing after the feast, the church held an election tor a 
minister. Bro. J. A. Stouder was chosen to the 
responsible work. May the Lord bless him. 
Bro Wm. H. Lehman leaves us to-day tor the 
Soring Creek church. His address will be Beece, 
Greenwood Co, Kans.-J. M. Quukenbush, Dec. 

Two Applicants.— I just returned from a point 
across the Dos Moines River, at Eldora, where 
I had three meetings and left with two appli- 
cants for baptism, which will be attended to in the 
near future. All praise to a kind Father in 
heaven for his love to fallen mrmanity !— Abraham 

Three Additions.- The Brethren at Burr Oak, 
Kans, have jnst enjoyed an interesting series of 
meetings Bro A. C. Daggett came to us Dec. 
IS and preached sixteen sermons for us. Three 
souls were made to forsake the ways of sin, and to 
unite with the people of God. May many others, 
who are seriously considering the cost, decide to 
come ere it is too late.— J. H. Kinzie. 


Two Souls toe the LoiiD.-The members o! 
Fair-view church, Kans, are moving on m tin 
work of the Lord. Our weekly prayer-meeting ll 
quite interesting. Though only about eight mem 
bers live near enough to attend it, all are active n 
doing their part. Dec. 14 two dear souls came out 
on the Lord's side. Owing to opposition on the 
part of tho husband of one of the sisters, one could 
not be received on that day, but we hope that mat- 
ters will soon be so adjusted, that she can do what 
,!„, feels to be a sacred duty. Last Saturday, in 
company with brother and sister Cline and sister 
Price we went to Wallace County, where we 
attended meetings Saturday night and Sunday. 

,;,.„„,„,„ sprague and ;lvi ;;;^: , ; i ;;.;:: j;^;:;;,'si 

1 i!".' "'general interest. -V«n, E. Wichael, Dec. 3, 

Saints Encouraged. — Bro. Eli Yourtee, of 
Washington County, Md, held an interesting 
i of meetings in tho eliufch near East Berliu, 
a . The meetings were well attended by atten- 
tive hoarers, and the expressions of the congre- 
gation, from time to time, lead us to believe that a 
good work has been done. The believing portion 
of the community has beeu eucouraged, and others 
are impressed with the importance of a religious 
life. The meetings lasted from Dec. 20 to 28 in- 
clusive.— J. A. Long. 

A Live Chukch.— The fall session of our Sun- 
day-school in the Greene church, Iowa, closed Dec. 
28. Good interest was manifested by old and 
young. Wo had an average attendance of fifty 
scholars. We have decided to continue our school 
during the winter. Eld. George Cripo, of Cerro 
Gordo, 111, has just closed a two weeks' series of 
meetings. While there were no immediate ac- 
cesions, we think the church has been built up 
anew, and we hope that the good seed sown will 
bring forth fruit in abundance!— D. Eikenbcrry. 

Six Additions. -Wife and I came to the saints 
of the Summit church, Madison County, Ind, Dec. 
1 1S90. I continued meetings until Dec. 21, 
having, during that time, twenty-five meetings in 
all, including one council-meeting. During these 
meetiugs six precious souls were added to the 
church by baptism. More promised to follow 
soon. The members seemed much revived This 
church is presided over by Bro. Isaiah Howard. 
The kindness shown us ' y tho members oi the 
Summit church will ever be held in fond remem- 
brance.-!). H. and M. E. Beplogle, Dec. 29. 
One ADD,Ti0N.-Dec. 11, Bro. W. R. Harsh- 
u-gor of Indiana, camo to this church and 
preached nineteen sermons. AVe had a very pleas- 
ant series of meetiugs, and feel that the church 
has been strengthened. At our last meeting one 
dear sister united with the church. May the Lord 
help her to hold out faithful!. At this writing 
-n-o W H Bowser, of this place, is holding 
,etings at a point about thirty miles from here, 
own°is the Green County mission, where there 
3 a few members living. We pray that the 
Lord may bless them, aud that much good may be 
done at that place!--B. F. Filbrun. 

The Work of the Flames. - On Thursday, 
Dec. 11, the alarm of fire was raised and we soon 
learned that, the house of Bro. D. R. Prowant of 
Dupont, Ohio, was being consumed by tho des- 
troying element. Hastening to the place, we 
found that all efforts were in vain to save the 
house, but we rejoiced to see that all the inmates 
s W ell as the larger part of the coutents ot tho 
1 ■ were saved This occurrence brought 
viridlv to my mind the night of Oct. 14, 1889, 
l,e,, 1 too had the misfortune to lose not only 
In that I possessed, but to he left 82,000 in debt by 
th , total destruction of my hardware store. Still 
T " The 1 ord is good; he knows what is best, 

andean turn all things to his glory."-/. -1. Cm- 


Interesting Meetings. — Tlio Brethren of the 
Ridge church, Pa., have just enjoyed q vimv u- 
freshing series of meetings, conducted by Bro. 
David Bonsack, of Westminster, Md. While we 
can not report any immediate results, yet we know 
thnt the Lord will not withhold Ins Hissing /./:- 
Etie .V. Foglesanger, Dec SO. 

Cubed of Tin: Tobacco Habit. - 1 was reqnest- 
ed Ivy Bro. Harshbnrger, of Indiana, to reporl as 
to whether I was cured of the habit of using to- 
bacco. In reply I would say: I have been a slave 
to the use of the weed for over twenty-one years. 
I am completely cured, feel much better, and en- 
joy good health. — B. Landes. 

Five Additions.— Bid. David Troxel, of Cerro 
Gordo, El., came to the Big Creek church, Richland 

Co., 111.. Dee. 5, ami commenced a series of et- 

ings. He closed on the night .if Hi- 21st His 
labors resulted in four 1 additions by baptism and 
oue reclaimed. A good interest is taken in the 
meetings, considering the weather.— ../. J/. Forney. 

Fonit Additions.— Bro. John Metzler came to 
the Eel River church, Iud., Dec. 23, and stayed 
with us til] Oan. 1. Hi- preached seventeen ser- 
mons at our West the immediate results .of 
which were, three baptized aial one reclaimed. 
The members were Lunch built up in the faith, 
and others are seriously reflecting. — Emanuel 
Lcrl;ronc, Jan. - J . 

Forr, Accessions. Bro. Joseph Spitzer came 
to the Eight Mile church, Huntington Co., Ind., 
Dec. 9, to hold a series of meetings, which he con- 
tinued until Dec. 21. He held forth the Word in 
such a manner that all could understand. Foul- 
dear souls came out on the Lord's side. Others, 
who are much impressed, will, it is to be hoped, 
come soon.— Geo. W. Cline, Dee. iS. 

One Bestowed.— Dec 20 I commenced a series 
of meetings at the Keokuk church, Iowa. While 
with them I preached twelve sermons. One dear 
soul, that had wandered away, retained to the 
fold. We hope that others, who air seriously con- 
sidering, may come ere it is too late. The Breth- 
ren of the above-named church have no resident 
minister at present, but are under the care of Eld. 
John Gable, of Mahaska County. During our 
short stay we visited nearly all the members ami 
greatly enjoyed our associations with them.— C. 
M. Broiler, Jan. .-;. 

Afflicted.- Our aged elder of the Lower Deer 
Greek church, Ind.,— Bro. John Shivery, —who 
has been under the hand of affliction for some 
time past, was anointed to-day, Dec. 31, 1S00, in 
the name of the Lord, by Bro. Hiel Hamilton and 
the writer, after which he expressed himself as 
feeling much better. He is over eighty-five years 

of age. Tin., doctor seems to think his , v.-,--, 

somewhat doubtful. He has served the Lord and 
the church faithfully for a long time and it ln.iks 
as though his raei- were uearing the end. Maj 
the Lord bless our aged brother!— S. H. Eechlel, 
heimer, Dee. ":i. 

Alive to the Work.— The Cerro Gordo church, 
111., held her quarterly council Jan. 1. It passed 
off pleasantly. Wo started a poor fnnd, which, if 

properly conducted, will do a great deal of g 1. 

Oar social meeting, on Tuesday evening, and our 
■-' meeting, on Thursday evening, arc will 
sustained. Bro. Isaac Frante came to as Dec. 27 
to hold a series of meetings, but was called homo 
a few days later by tin- serious illness of his wife. 
May she soon I,. - restored toliealth! OnrSnnday- 

Bchool was re-organized Dec. -Js with Bro R ill 

Landis as Superintendent and F. A. Van 
Assistant. Tie 

has been: Scholars, 100: teacl 8j i Mai 
R. A. Shively. 

A Pleasant Place.— I would hereby notify my 
friends that I am now at the Old Folks' Home, at 
Honey Creek, Henry Co., Ind. Though I have 
been here but a few days, I like my new home 
and surroundings. I think the officers of the 
Home are doing the very best they can for the in- 
mates, God bless the kind donors, who have pro- 
vided siujh a good home for the helpless ones! — 
Samuel W. Oversireet. 

r' Twenty Additions.— Last night we closed aw 
other interesting series of meetings at the Bethel 
mei ting-Mouse, in the Hopewell church, Pa. Bro. 
Silas Hoover, of Boyntou, Pa, did the preaching. 
As a result of the seventeen sermons delivered, 
twenty souls were made willing to join in with 
lit.- people of God. As usual, the meetings closed 
too soon as we believe, from the interest taken, 
(here wore many good impressions made upon the 
audience. Abraham Steele, Jan. 3. 


" Write whaf thou s 

i'r., ,1 should Ire as she 
liciied for this Departm 
sary, will issue supplem 

Fi-oni Gownie, Iowa, 

Deo. 13 the brethren and sisters of Calhoun and 
Webster Counties were called together at Bro. 
Stringer's, for the purpose of organizing. Eld. 
Wm. Thomas, from the Middle District of Iowa, 
and Eld. Joseph Trostle from the Northern Dis- 
trici conducted the meeting. 

An organization was then effected. Bro. Alex. 
White was the choice for deacon. He is a broth- 
er well worthy to fill that responsible position in 
the Lord's house. A minister was also chosen at 


This organization is the result of mission work 
done by the Middle District, ten of our number 
being received by their efforts. But as our terri- 
tory is in the Northern District, elders came from 
both Districts to organize us. 

Our organization will be known as the "Earn- 
hamville Church." Praise the Lord for the mis- 
sionary spirit in our beloved Brotherhood! 

A. B. Woodard. 

Come to the Bescue. 

I learn through the Gospel Messenger of the 
distress and suffering of our brethren aud friends 
on the western frontier. 

I feel sad to think of the long, cold winter be- 
fore them, without the necessaries of life; and 
even spring will bring them no food until they 
can raise a crop of some kind. 

Our sympathy will do them no good, only as it 
draws from us the necessary effort aud means to 
relieve them. Let us come to their rescue. 
There is enough in these United States to supply 
all their wants, and wo would never miss it. Be- 
lieving there are many now ready to do something 
to help the poor, if there were a system or plan by 
which their charities could be forwarded and dis- 
tributod, 1 offer the following suggestions; 

(a) Food, and possibly clothing, can be pur- 
chased, not in the districts of the suffering, but 
in the adjoining sections, as cheap and sometimes 
cheaper than in the East. 

(b) Money can be forwarded quicker aud a 
great deal cheaper from the East than food or 

Therefore let there be a committee of several 
Brethren appointed to have general supervision" 
of this work, and let them elect a Treasurer from 
theiv number to whom all ftindn can be sent, 

The above committee could appoint sub-commit- 
tees in different sections of country where they 
would be needed, aud the work thus would be 
made as far-reaching as possible. 

If any one has anything better to suggest let us 
have it, aud get to work as soon as possible. 
Some may be starving while we are tarrying. 

While some systematic arrangements are being 
made, we can send assistance to some one that we 
know needs it, or to some friend that will turn it 
over to the needy. May our Heavenly Father, 
who feeds the sparrows, work upon the hearts of 
his people to feed the hungry in the West. 

John Bennett. 

Elbinsvilh, Pa. 

[The suggestions are good. Wo are glad that 
our Brethren are moving in the direction of help- 
ing in this time of dire necessity. Wo suggest 
that, as there is an organization here, money be 
forwarded until the Districts get their organiza- 
tions perfected. See Editorial on page 25.— Ed. 2 

From the Appanoose Church, Kans. 

On Monday, Dec. 15, Bro. A. Hutchison com- 
menced a series of meetings in this church, which 
he continued for two weeks. Ho held forth the ■ 
Word in such plain and simple terms, that none.- 
could fail to understand. 

On Friday, Dec. 19, Bro. Lemuel Hillcry came to , 
us and preached two sermons. Next day we heldi 
our council-meeting. As neither our elder, Bro.. 
D. B. Barnhart, nor Bro. A. Hutchison was able 
to take charge of the business of the meeting, ow- 
ing to ill health, Bro. Hillery presided over the- 
meeting. Everything passed off harmoniously 
aud with the best of feelings. 

On Saturday night Bro. Hutchison again re-- 
sinned his labors, and continued the meetings un- 
til Christinas Day. His health failed to such an 
extent that he could not attend the meeting on 
Christmas. He had previously announced a chil- 
dren's meeting for that day, but as his health 
would not permit, Bro. John Sherfy addressed 
the audience on that occasion. Bro. Hutchison 
preached to us on Saturday evening and on Sun- 
day forenoon, which closed the meetings. On 
Monday he returned to his home at McPherson, 

Although we saw no immediate results of our- 
meetings, we feel sure that many are counting the 
cost, aud we hope they will soon make their re- 
turn, and join in with the people of God! 

James T. Kinzle.. 

Conlropoh's, Kans., Jan. 2. 

Echoes from the Highway. 

At present Southern California is fairly well 
supplied with ministers. We do not think it best 
to let them spend the winter in idleness, therefore 
quite a number of meetings have been held, and- 
now in progress, aud a number of appoint- 
ments are made for the future. A series of meet- 
ings is being carried on at Tropico, brethren 
Nehcr, Metzger, aud others, doing the preaching. 
One was baptized at that point recently. At 
Covina quite a number of meetings were held; also 
at Glendora. Brethren Moore, Lehmer, Heiney, 
Myers and others nro doing the preaching. Breth- 
ren Myers and Megie are holding a series of meet- 
ings near Anaheim in Orange County, at a new 
point, Regular meetings are held at Lordsburgh, 
Eswena and this place. We contemplate holding 
ries of meetings here soon. Thus the work of 
sowing the seed goes on, and we hopo the result 
will be a bountiful harvest. 

Bro. W- W. Horning, who has been, for some 
time, on the Pacific Coast in the North, has just 
arrived, and will be another addition to the min- 
isterial force, The combined efforts of the seven-. 

P"™"""" ■■■!■! I ■■■■■*«—■«■,.-,»._.. 

13, 1801. 


teen ministers, now in this part of California, 
ought to do valiant work for the Master's kingdom. 
Tho winter, so far, lias been unusually warm 
and pleasaut. To the newcomers from the frozen 
East, the climate is a marvel. It is difficult to 
clearly understand it is really a Christmas Day 
with the temperature at eighty-one degrees in the 
shade, and tables supplied with a profusion of 
strawberries, peas, tomatoes, green corn, and other 
vegetables, freshly gathered from the gardens. 
Yet, with all those blessings, people do not seem 
to realize how thankful they ought -to bo to their 
Heavenly Father for his many good gifts,— es- 
pecially the gift of his dear Son, to whom we 
should show our gratitude by obedience to his 
"Word. We should do good to him, by manifesting, 
to tho least of his disciples, a spirit of true, sub- 
stantial charity. If our Blessed Master were on 
earth in person, and in need of food or clothing, 
how willing his disciples would be to help! The 
same kind of love will prompt us to do to his, as 
we would feel to do to HIM. J. S. Flory, 

' Tuhunga, Cal. 

The Kansas City Meeting, 

'Tbe above meeting commenced Dec. 19 and con- 
tinued till the 22nd, at the London Heights Hall, 
Kansas City, Kans. 

Though the congregations were small, yet the 
attention, paid to the Word preached, was good 
The Hall was well filled at the last meeting. 
, The love-feast was an impressive one. Twenty, 
four communicants surrounded the Lord's tables. 
One dear soul who had wandered away, returned 
to the fold, during these meetings. 

There will be preaching at the Chelsea Park 
school-house, Kansas City, Kaus., every third 
Sunday, at 11 A. M. The place of meeting is one 
and one-half blocks from the Elevated Kailroad. 
All interested in the above meetings should come 
whenever they can do so. One of the Kansas City 
daily papers says, in speaking of the work and the 
church: " Since last Thursday night the Dunkards 
have been holding a series of interesting meetings 
at London Heights Hall. There is no organiza- 
tion of these people here, but it is thought that an 
organization will bo effected in the near future. 
I. H. Crist, of Gardner, is the leader in the move- 
ment. The Dunkards found their belief in the 
New Testament Scriptures just as the Savior 
taught them. They are a little like the Baptists, 
but differ on the rite of baptism. The Dunkards 
baptize with the forward motion, and three times, 
saying, ' In the name of the Father, and of the 
Sou, and of the Holy Ghost.' They hold their 
Communion services at night always; for the Tes- 
tament says, ' They sung a hymn and went out, 
and it was night.' A supper of bread, meat and 
water always precedes the Communiou at which 
they use wine and unleavened bread. They also 
observe the ceremony of tho washing of feet, as 
taught in John 13." Albert Sharp. 

Gardner, Kans. 

tivo citizen). May there be others, here and else- 
where, to hear the great invitation ere it is too late. 
This little body of members is active in Sunday- 
school and church work. This is as it should be. 
From the Sunday-school came most of the late ad- 
ditions, and as I listened to the quarterly report, 
I found that forty-two had been the average at- 
tendance for tho. quarter. Oh ! what an amount 
of good-may have been learned and stored away 
for days to come! If a small church, like this, 
may have such an advantage, what might some of 
our larger congregations do? 

It has been said, and truly too, that the Sunday- 
school is tho nursery to the church, and if there 
are any congregations in our Brotherhood, not yet 
provided with Sunday-schools, lot me entreat all 
such to commence at once. Bring in tho young, 
teach the little ones and older ones too!- There is 
much to be learned, and there is food for all in the 
Good Book,— the Bible, when the proper effort is 
put forth. Many, who are upon the highways, 
need the Bread of Life brought to them in the 
Sunday-school and thus you may croate a taste 
for better things. 

The song service should be adapted to the minds 
of young and old. It should create a feeling of 
love and sympathy for the good. Thus impres- 
sions may be stamped upon the youth, not easily 
forgotten. The injunction is to bring up the 
young in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 
May God's blessings bo with all engaged in the 
good cause! J- C. Lahman 

From Mt. Vernon Church, Augusta Co., Va. 

The present winter has already given us 
snow-fall of forty inches. 

The District Meeting of the Second District of 
Virginia will be held at Mt. Vernon church 
Augusta Co., Va., May 14 and 15, 1891. Brethren 
are cordially invited. 

On Sunday night, Nov. 30, we closed an inter- 
esting series of meetings. Bro. S. F. Sanger, of 
Bridgewater, Va., came to us Nov. 15, and 
labored faithfully and earnestly in the word and 
doctrine, preaching twenty-oue sermons, which 
were edifying and instructive. 

As an immediate result three young members 
were added to the fold. We hope that others may 
soon heed the many good lessons they have 
learned. At this writing the year closes, and we 
naturally recount the work done during the year. 
Our field of labor is large, embracing many 
Counties, in four of which some work is being 
done. Twenty have been added to tho church 
during the year. For them our great desire is 
that they may be faithful. E. D. Kendig. 

Fisherville, Va. 

From the Sugar- Creek Church, Ohio, 


and heed the 
ntveaties, given by oui 

Baltic, Ohio, Dec. 27. 

Dstructions, warnings an 
brother while with us. 
Simon Haushman, 

The Little Church at Keuka, Florida. 

Yesterday we listened to a sermon by Bro. E. 
J. Noher here in the church, in which he presented 
the various phases of tho great invitation, and the 
excuses that were mado by those bidden to the 
groat supper. Tho thought strongly impressed 
was this, that there is no legal excuse for uot ae- 
cepting, but, upon the other hand, there are many 
infallible proofs why all should at once accept. 
Because the first did not ' accept of the invitation, 
and made excuses, they could not partake of his 

A few have been made willing, since we are 
here, to turn their hearts to God, and there is one 
more applicant,— an old gray-haired father (a na- 

Notes by the Way. 

of meetings was held 

j Dec. 13 and closing 

Reuben Shroyer, from Stalk 

is with us and preached fourteen 

A VEBY interesting sor 
at Bagersville, 
Dec. 23. Bro. 
County, Ohio, 
sermons in all. 

The weather was favorable and the attendance 
good. The house was often filled to its utmost, 
with attentive listeners. Bro. Shroyer shunned 
not to declare the whole counsel of God. The 
sermon on " The Conditions of Salvation," con- 
vinced many of tho correctness of the doctrine of 
the Gospel, as taught mid practiced by the Breth- 

Although none have been added to the church, 
we are convinced that deep and lasting impressions 
have been made on the minds of many, mid we 
hope to see a bountiful ingathering of the seed 
60wn during these meetings. The members were 
all greatly built up in the faith, and we pray that 
we may all try to carry out the principles of the 

Since leaving Fulton County, HI., many 
thoughts, both sad and joyous, have passed 
through my mind. Sad, because we had to say 
farewell to loved ones, now far away, whose kind 
wishes still linger in our ears. Often I think of 
tho glorious meetings, tho fervent prayers, the 
spirited songs and holy salutations, enjoyed with 
our dear brethren of Illinois. May they be stead- 
fast and immovable in their profession, and the 
victory shall bo theirs! 

Yesterday, Dec. 19, I was made to feol sad. I 
visited our dear old brother, John J. Thomas and 
family. They are lamenting tho loss of a com- 
fortable home. It was consumed by the flames 
about six o'clock, on the morning of Dec. 28th. 
Part of the household goods were saved with con- 
siderable difficulty. Bro. John is suffering from a 
burn on his head, which he received from a falling 
piece of timber, while attempting to go up-stairs. 
The afflicted ones desire the prayers of God's 
children in their behalf! John Horatter. 

Clifton Mills, W. Va. 

To Our Friends in Missouri and Elsewhere. 

Our family, together with Robert Vaughn, Wm. 
Weals and sister Naomi Vogley, our niece, started 
from Charleston, Mo., Dec. 18, for Galesburg, 
Kaus. We had fine weather and an enjoyable 
trip, with the exception of Mr. Weals, who, by a 
misstep, fell over a culvert and broke a bone in 
his shoulder. 

We saw some very fine country on our trip, but 
like this about as well as any we saw. We had a 
lay-over at Leroy, Coffey Co., Kans., but were 
kindly cared for by Bro. Hiram Buck and wife. 
Next morning their son took us over the Neosha 
River, where we met the desired train. 

Dec. 20 we arrived at Galesburg, where wo 
were met by kind brethren and conveyed to their 
home in Galesburg. Next morning Bro. Register 
conveyed us to the Brethren church, some dis- 
tance from town, where we attended Sunday- 
school and became acquainted with a number of 
brethren and sisters. Bro. Merril Hodgdeu and 
his kind family eared for us until Dec. 23, when 
our goods arrived. We feel thankful to the Giver 
of all Good for his care over us! 

Matilda Graff. 
Galesburg, Neosho Co., Kans. 

From Woodbury Chureli, Bedford Co., Pa. 

We are in the midst of very inclement weather, 
deep snows, aud it is storming to such an extent 
that snow-drifts in tho roads make it impossible 
to travel. Indeed, it seems we are having an old- 
Eashioned winter. It brings with it sickness and 
death to the human family. A good many old 
people are passing away. Among the siek in our 
church, sister Snyder, wife of Bro. Simon Snyder, 
near Ourryville, Pa., and Aunt Betsy Replogle, 
wife of our elder, J. B. Replogle, are not expected 
to recover, yet we hope God may yet spare them 
to remain with us. 

Bro. John B. Fluke, of Loysbnrgh, Pa., will 
commence a series of meetings in the Woodbury 
church, Jan. 10. Some time in February, Bro. 
Silas Hoover, of Boynton, Pa., will engage in a 
similar effort at the Holsinger church, near Bak- 
er's Summit, Pa. As quite a number of such 
meetings are beiug held around us, surely some 
good work should be doue in the name of the 
Lord. D. S. Replogle. 

Maria, Pa., Dec. 28, 1890. 


Jan. 13, 1801. 

Postponed Meeting. 

In consequence of the inclemency 
of the weather, the Ministerial Meet- 
ing of Western Maryland, which was 
to take place at the Manor church, 
seven miles south of Hagerstown, 
along the line of the Washington 
County Branch of the Baltimore & 
OhioB. li.. has been postponed un- 
til Jan. 30 and 31, commencing at 10 
A. M., Ian. 30. A general invitation 
is extended. The Program is as fol- 

Jan. 30 at 10 A. M., Ule mcclii 
by singing and prayer. 
'first Subject.—" What arc 
anccstotlic Brelhicn building 1 
in Cities and Towns, and lion • 
Overcome' " introduced by W. 
and A. R. Bnrnhart. 

Secoxo Subject. - "Wlioi 
Apostle mean when lie says, ' 

■ ill Opi 

Imroduced bv Daniel Wolf and Tohn Roland. 
Sevejjth SuBjECT.^Stote some objections 
urged by Single Immersionists again,! Triune 
Immersion, and prove why they arc not well 
founded. Introduced by Eli Yourtee and N. 

Eighth Subject.— "What arc the Di.tie! 
oi the Minister in Ms Relation 10 the Sunday. 
school?" Introduced by S. B. Slioop and D. 

Literary Notes. 

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HARDY— SUMMERS. — By the under- 
signed, at the residence of the bride, 
lice. 25, 1S90, Henry Franklin Hardy and 
sister Eva Summer, both of North George- 
town, Columbiana Co., Ohio. 

Lewis Glass. 

KLINE— MYERS.— By the undersigned, at 
the residence of the bride's parents, Dec. 
25, 1S90, Bro. Henry Kline and sister Lucy 
Myers, of Colchester, 111. 

D. B. Gibson. 

DOAK— FREDRICK.— By the undersigned, 
at the residence of the bride's parents, Dec. 
3, 1S90, Mr. J. P. Doak and Miss Scatla L. 
Fredrick, both of Grundy Center, la. 

' Stephen Johksok. 

HENRY— WILES.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Dec. 33, 1S90, Mr. Benjamin 
S. Henry and Miss Amanda E. Wiles, all of 
the vicinity of Chambersburgh, Franklin 
Co., Pa. W.M. C. Koontz. 

SHREVE— PALMER. — By the under- 
signed, at the residence of the bride's 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ziba Palmer, near 
Watcrtord, La Porte County, Ind., Dec. 
23, 1S90, Mr. Robert I. Slireve, of Chicago, 
111., and Miss Etta Palmer. 

From Morrill, Brown Co., Kans. 

Bbo* J. S. Mofilep. commenced a 
series of meetings in the South 
Morrill church, Dec. 15, and con- 
tinued until the 28th. The interest, 
and attendance was good and, we be- 
lieve, good impressions were made. 
While the children of God were made 
to rejoice, sinners were made to feel 
t!i'' need of their Savior. An an im- 
mediate result on., tender lamb was 
taken into the fold of Christ, — a 
dear young sister. May the Lord 
ever help her to walk in newness of 


Bro. Mohler's sermons were practi- 
cal and to the point, and we feel that 
a debt of gratitude is due to our dear 
brother for Ins earnest labor while 
with us. The way has been made 
more clear, dark clouds are passing 
by and suushine is beginning to 
brighten tin- church again. May we 
all let our light so shine that the 
world may see our good works, and 
glorify our Father in heaven. 

D. B. Stoveii. 


" Blessed arc the dead which die in the Lord." 

Lexington, Ohio, Oct. 
year of stiff, 
and a coni r 
Deardorff, aged 6( 

Bro. Deardorff 

from dropsical affections 
in of diseases, Benjamin 



" 1)0 you wish to live without a 
trial'/ Then you wish to die but 
half a man - at tin- best but half a 
man. Without trial you can not 
: your own strength. Men 
do not learn to swim on a table. 
They must go into the water and 
buffet the waves." 

i the i:, 

holding places of honor and trust in th. 
of his friends. For some years he held the 
position of Commissioner of Preble County 
and belonged to the Board of County Examin 

The Ealo,i R.ghlrr, of Nov. 6, 1890, fur- 
nishes data for the tribute above, and it is but 
due the noble life of our departed brother to 
further state that he was | innately fond of 

and Sunday. -chord will be ini.sed. He was 
strictly temperate in hi habits all through 
life, never having used tobacco, intoxicants, 
coffee, nor tea lint seldom, and never having 
eaten any meat of any kind. He united with 
the church of the Brethren in November, 

In his dying hi 

ae. Two brothers and 1 

of a family of nine to si 

" A. G. Cross' 

i-born in York I 

David Niesley. 

FLICKINGER. — In the Maple Grove 
church, Norton Co, Kans, Dec". 22, of 
diphtheria, Maggie, youngest child of friend 
John and sister Vlic'kinger, age.l 6 years, 11 
months and 22 days. Funeral services by 
Bro. G. M. Throne and the' writer from 
Luke 12:40. J. R. Gabber. 

JARVIS.— In the I oudenville congregation, 
Holmes Co.. Ohio, Dec. 10, 1S90, Bro. 
John Jorvis, aged 70 years, 11 months and 

:o mourn their loss, bu 
1 hope that their loss i 
vices by the writer, as 

I-IUBER— In Rocky Ford, Colo., Dec. 17, 
1890, of consumption, Dr. L. I-Iubcr. 

Joiim J. Hoover. 

MILLER.— In the Sugar Creek church, 
Allen Co., Ohio, Nov. 6, 1S90, of diphtheria, 
Arba Dale, son of Bro. Daniel L. and sister 
Lucinda Miller, aged ? years, 2 months and 

Funeral services by Bro. Jesse Stutsman, 

of Darke County, Ohio, assisted by Bro. 

Samuel Driver. Geo. W. Milier. 

HOPWOOD. - At the residence of her son, 

Bro. G. W. Ilopwood, at Deep River, Iowa, 

Dec. id, 1890, sister Ann Hopwood (maiden 

name liuser), wife of William Ilopwood, 

aged 83 years, 8 months and 3 days. 

Grandmother Ilopwood, as she was 


Frederick, Md 

were eleven children hern unto them,- 
sons and seven daughters; all but one liv 
reach manhood and womanhood. Ai 
her descendants are sixty-three grandchildren 
and fifty-sis great-grandchildren, of whon 

Grandma Ilopwood was truly a mother ti 
many and has had an almost innumerabh 
number of friends, who came out to pay the 
last tribute of respect to the dear mother in 
Israel. She had an attack of sickness about 
June. iSSS, and afterwards had something likc- 
a paralytic stroke, from which she never en- 
tirely recovered. Though she was not in the 
best of health since, she has still been able to 
come to meeting occasionally. She attended 
our love-feast in October, and felt bad about 
one hour before she passed away, but not 
worse, apparently, than at some other times. 
Then she fell asleep in Jesus without a strug- 
gle. She leaves a dear old father in Israel to 



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dropsy, sister Sophia Mimes, aged 77 ye 

C months and 22 days. 
Funeral sermon by Bro. D. Aushcri 
to a large congregation of friends and nei 
GRIM.— In the same congregation, Nov.! 

of heart failure and edemntosc swelling 

the feet, Bro. Abraham Grim, aged 

29, of typhoid 
son of Bro. Jo 

BRALLIER.— At Garrison, Iowa, Oct it, 
1890, Bro. Samuel Brallier, aged SS years, 
5 months and 3 da; s. 
Bro. Brallier moved from Pennsylvania 
to Ohio. From there he went to Iowa, per- 
haps, forty years ago. He buried three wives 
and nine children. Two of his last wife's 
children are left to mourn their loss. The 
community has losta good citizen, the church 
a faithful deacon, and the family a kind father. 
They have the sympathy of many friends. 
Funeral services by Eld. Peter Forney, as- 
sisted by brother John Ridenour. 


MILLER. —In the bounds of the Osceola 

church, St. Clair County, Mo., of chronic 

diarrhea, Daniel D. Miller, aged 75 tears, 

3 months and 7 days. 

The deceased leaves a wife,— sister Susan 

Miller,- and two children, one son and one 

daughter, to mourn their loss. 

He called for the elders and was anointed in 
the name of the Lord sometime before he de- 
parted this life. Uncle Daniel is missed in the 
church, as he was generally at his post of 
duty. We hope that he is at rest. Funeral 
services by brethren J. L. Jordan, A. Roda- 
haugh and A. Killingsworth. J. A. Yost. 

KIMES— In the Sandy church, Columbiana 
County, Ohio, Dec. 23, ifcloo, sister Lovina 
Kitnes, wife of Bro. John Kiines, aged 63 
years, 5 months and 23 days. 

The subject of the above notice leaves 
two children, ten grandchildren and one 
great-grandchild. She was an invalid for 
forty years. During the last twenty years she 
had to be handled like a child, and assisted in 
and out of bed, and carried wherever she 
wished to go. The writer, with other breth- 
ren and sisters, had occasional meetings at 
their residence, engaging in singing, prayers, 
and exhortations, which she enjoyed very 
much, until God relieved her of her suffering. 
Services by the writer from 2 Cor. 5: 1, 

Eli Stroup. 

Jan. 13, 1891. 


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Table of Contents. 


Heaven. By J. S. Mohler, i 

ESS!l itoU..-A New Treatment of an Old Subject. By IS. 

C. Moomaw • 

Let Us Make Others Happy. By W.-W. Cupp : 

Lost. By Dennis Weimer, 

Supper Ended. By James R. Gish, 

Saved by Faith Only. By I. J. Rosenbergor 

Editorial, — 

Iteras 33,40, 

The Object of our Bible Sessions 

Special Notice, 

The Christian Ministry, 

Missionary and Tract Work,— 

Missionary Outlook. By Galen B. Roycv 

Missions. By J. F. Brillon ............ 

The Tract Work and its Fruit. By Landon West, . . . 

" Here Am I ; Send Me." By Samuel Petry 

Notes from our Correspondents - — ■ ■-• -43, 


Literary No 
Matrimonial, . 


Our Bible Session has started in with encour- 
aging prospects, and is quite in advance over that 
held last year. As wo daily meet together Eoi the 
purpose of studying the Scriptures, wo are re- 
minded of the schools of the prophets, as held in | 
the days of King David and the other ancient i 
worthies whose names stand ont so prominently 
in Bible history. It is a fact every-where ac- 
knowledged by all people, that, in teaching the 
arts and sciences, and all other branches of hu- 
man knowledge, the teacher must know more than 
the ones he 'is expected to teach. Why shonld 
the teaching of the Bible be an exception to this 
rule? There is certainly no reason for such an 
idea, neither have we any Gospel precedent. 

The disciples took a three years' course under 
the instructions of the greatest Teacher that the 
beheld. The apostle Paul took a ther- 
ein,"! of the prophets, and 

On last Sunday we were very pleasantly and 
profitably relieved from preaching by brethren 
M Claar and A. H. Stahl. At this time we have 
a good supply of ministerial help-more than can 
be utilized at the pnlpit— but we hope that their 
bein<* here will be none the less profitable on this 
account, as all seem to be busy at work aud mal 
ing good use of the time. We would be glad to 
have the Bible session last all the year. AI 
joy the associations. 

Bito M. G. Brumbaugh, Professor of English 
and the Sciences in the Normal, the other evenin~ 
o-ave a very practical and interesting lecture o 
the South. He was selected, by the Louisiana 
State Board of Education, for two seasons, to con- 
duct Institutes and introduce Normal methods. 
Thus mingling with the Southern people, he has 
had opportunities of knowing whereof ho affirms, 
and it is a real pleasure to learn of the great de- 
velopments that are being made in the "Sunny 

South." _____ 

Theke seems to be a disposition, on the part of 
some of our brethren, to overload their arguments 
mid positions taken with evidence, whethor it ■" 
applicable or not. Every quotation thus give.., , 
instead of adding strength to tho argument or po- 
sition weakens it; and besides, it is positively 
wrong to wrest Scripture from its original inten- 
tion and meaning. Biblical interpretation should 
bo carefully studied by us all. If we hold a posi- 
tion for which wo have no Scriptural evidence, 
let us say so, and if we want to uphold it, let us 
do it because we believe it to be reasonable, and 
not try to prove a thing right by Scripture for 
which there is none. We charge other churches 
for misapplying Scripture. Let us be careful 

equipped for the great work that the Master had 
him to do. In the Arabian wilderness he sys- 
tematized and put in order his forces, and when 
the field fairly opened he entered to fight and con- 
quer. To his adopted son, in the faith, his admo- 
nition was, " Study to show thyself approved unto 
God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth." 

Yes, my brother, preparation is what we all 
need, and we can not well have too much of it. 
The teaching, perhaps, is not so much as getting 
down to solid work, and making Scripture study 
the " one thing " for the time being. It is some- 
times said that wo can study our Bibles just as 
well at home. Perhaps so. The same may be 
said of the sciences and all other studies, but do 
we do it? Our surroundings have much to do 
with our work in life. It might be said that we 
could preach as well without an audience as with 
it. But can wo? The circumstances would not 
be favorable. To preach well we need inspira- 
tions, and an audience constitutes the essential 
condition. So it is in all work. Inspiration is 
needed, and this wo can have only when the nec- 
essary conditions are present. These we try to 
make in our Bible Sessions, and tho more earnest 
Bible students we can get together, tho greate: 
will be the success of our work. 

An elder wrote us to learn the object of our 
work aud how it is conducted. Ho said that, 
while some approved of it, others feared that harm 
might grow out of it. We explained the best we 
could, and (hen invited him to come and see for 
himself, as that which we seo with our eyes and 
hear with our ears we generally believe. It is a 

■k to which wo take pleasure in invitiug inspec- 
tion. Scripture study is a good thing, aud always 
in season. And yet it may bo studied in a way 
that will not be profitable. Wrong interpreta- 
tions may bo made and received, so that a sale. 
guard should be thrown around this teaching as 
well as any other. And a good way to do this is 
lo have those of ago and experience to be present 
at tho Sessions and see how Hie teaching is done 
and what is taught. Hence we invite, indeed we 
nine, our brethren to come and be with us. 
1 We believe that all of our brethren interested 
j in these Sessions are a unit in purpose; and that 
is, that they may be a benefit to those who attend, 
and through them a benefit to the church. 

We hope that we are all interested in tho suc- 
cess of our church. And wo labor for it in pro- 
portion as we feel this interest. If our interest is 
deep and well-founded, we are willing, not only to 
labor, but also to sacrifice, that the great work 
may go forward. And how shall we do this best? 
Wo have thought of this much and seriously, bo- 
cause we have set our heart on doiug something 
in this direction. After considerable careful 
thought, we have come to the conclusion that 
there i- no way we can do better service for the 
cause of Christ than by helping those who are to 
bear tho burden of the work. 

To do this there are two ways. One is, to af- 
ford them tho needed help while in the work. 
By this we mean, to give them the needed encour- 
agement and support while in the work, so that 
they can, for the time being, give their whole at- 
tention to the ministry. 

The other is, to aid them in the preparation 
for the work. The farmer, the mechanic, the phy- 
sician and, indeed, those entering any calling need 
preparation. And on the thoroughness of this 
preparation success largely depends. Work, to 
those who are well prepared, is much easier than to 
those who are not propared-and they can do 
more of it and do it better. So it is with those 
who are called to do special work for the church. 
The bettor the preparation they have, the more 
and the bette'r work they can do. Hence tho 
preparation is the important subject for our consid- 
ration. And hero is where our first efforts 
should be put forth. After our workers are well 
equipped, then, as they go forth, see that they are 
given the necessary encouragement aud support, 
and success will attend our work. 

While others are rightly engaged in providing 
the necessary funds to carry on the work, we are 
trying to direct our efforts in helpiug to give 
preparation to the workers, which we believe to 
be quite as essential as the other- and by count- 
in" the two together will produce a power that 
will tell for Christ and the enlargement of his 

Both departments of Christian effort need the 
aid and sympathy of the church, and we believe 
that they will got it by all who are truly interested 
in the cause of the Master. 


Jan. 20, 1891. 



TUEHI . .':':cv.l. 

Far from pain and 50] row here, 
High in lie 11 en, bright and [air: !/i nj < 
,i [dwell forcvet there, 

Free from loii, and sin .! care, ' 

Pure, eternal joys toshare: 
Chorus— Always there, Always there, 

Where the roseoi Sharon's blooming, . 
H :.. Hi ti Us of Lif are o'er, 
On that bright and v. rnal shore, 
To be hi ei , /■:■. . 

There', tile pure, the crystal stream, 
Mortal e_i es have never 1 n, 
Rolling on in heiven'- beam: Al-.vuvt llin 
Glorious b autj ! then 1 ,ur theme, 
There 011 sli.ires of living grel 
All along the starry sheen: Always llicrc- 
There's the tree of endl lif . 
Faraway from carnal strife, 
Standing there in Paradise : Alarys lime. 
Healing [roying deatli, 

Sweet perfume with every breath, 
['mils of jnv, eternj 11:1 

There is Sharon's lovely rose, 

In that land of sweel r pot 

None vi f.tir in heaven en 11-: I'l.iir . :- 

Heaven's breezes softly blow. 

Sweet its fragrance, none can know, 

Til! we past 1 1 m thbi low 1 Always tlicr 

ChrM will there in beauty stand, 

Chief above the heavenly band, 
Full of pity, reach bis hand: I 

Lead us on all o'er that Land. 
Drink of fountains 00 the sir.ui.l, 
Gentli doi ...-.! ■ ■■ . 

There e 

And in love our 

hildren 11 

llu il i, v if'.' tO gtC 1 

lever free from guilt and sin: 


There in 3 outhful beaul 1 ,om. 

In that clime of sacred noan, 

Far away from < ■, , (here. 

: re 1, 11. will come, 
Ever liiere to lie at home, 

Singingglad rcdein ion .— C 

—5 S Malik, 


BV B. C. 1I00MAW. 

Ox the right hand and on the left, before us and 
behind us. above us and beneath us are solemn 
mysteries which the ken of human knowledge 1ms 
never penetrated. Nature is full of thern; life is 
full of them ; and death,— oh, death is all mystery, 
hiding in shadows impenetrable and awful. 

Tie irresistible impulse of the human soul, to 
know that which is unknown, heats against the 
boundaries of that dim and dreadful world, peer- 
ing anxiously but vainly into the gloom beyond, 
straining to see and hearkening to hear the secret 
which has been kept forever. This much, howev- 
er, we know that death is not the normal condition 
of the creature. It has been imposed upon him 
ovt c which lie had no control. 

One man, standing as the representative of the 
whole race, opened, by transgression, the fatal 
door through which death entered the world. All 
the generations of men have suffered the conse- 
quences of that one act of that one man— an act 
which we did not prompt, and which m could 
not prevent. This is one of the mysteries of the 
divine government, which has been the fruitful 
source of controversy and doubt,— why the human 

family was placed in finch relation to its Founder, 
and why tin.' act of one man should involve the 
untold miseries and horrors of all succeeding ages. 
Why, also, are men now held strictly responsible 
for courses of life which they follow as much, or 
perhaps, more on account of inheritance than by 
persona] ami original volition? 

It is neither profitable nor safe to wander too 
far into these unexplored regions of metaphysical 
speculation, fur the reason that our minds are too 
circumscribed to take in every point of view, mid 
too undisciplined to draw the right conclusions 
From facts so far removed from the ordinary chan- 
nels of human knowledge. 

Many a "why.'' in relation to Providence and 
theology must bo left for the solution of eternity, — 
true wisdom teaching the soul to trust where it 
can not understand, and to waif, until our present 
limitations ore lost in the boundless range of im- 
mortality. We may be sure of one thing that if 
he shall judge whose knowledge and whose justice 
is infinite, the whole question of environment in 
its relation to responsibility will, in every indi- 
vidual case, be carefully and accurately weighed. 

It is pleasing, and perhaps not unprofitable to 
dwell upon the deduction that, without the agency 
of sin, there would have been, in the whole world, 
no knowledge or experience of death. 

Christian optimism has sought to mitigate the 
horrors and illumine the darkness of dissolu- 
tion, by calling death the " door to life," and the 
'-lie I,, glory.'' but all these beautiful allegories 
are like the llo'.vt rs which we lay upon the graves 
of our departed, very soon they are withered, 
and beneath them death is no less death, and the 
grave is no ! ss a grave. This is not the kind of 
gate t 1 glory which God might be expected to 
build. Of ail the countless myriads of men only 
two passe 1 Hi rough God's gate, which he buildcd 
fur Hie exit ,,t his children from this world, and 
thi ; entrance into the glory world 

Death is not God's gate; it is the devil's gate, 
ami even the saintliest saint can not do more than 
to submit, with pious resignation and heroic trn 
aud courage, because he knows that Christ hi 
spoiled tile despoiler, and led captivity captiv 
But for the Savior's sweet presence and blessed 
intervention, it would still be what it has always 
been, "a horror of great darkness." 

We may, not unreasonably, infer that, without, 
the entrance of sin into the world, the state of 
society would have been perfect in every aspect. 
Every individual would have been in possession 
of unimpaired powers, animated by a completely 
dominant and natural impulse toward knowledge 
aud wisdom on the one hand, and perfect moral 
rectitude on the other. 

As men advanced far into life, adding century 
to century of blessed existence, the constantly in- 
creasing ripeness of wisdom and sanctity would 
have eventually fitted them for a more exalted and 
sublime sphere of life, so that at length, upon a 
set day, and amid the glad shouts and hallelujahs 
of assembled multitudes, one after another, or 
many at once, would take passage in glittering 
chariots, drawn by fiery steeds, and drive alon" 
the highway of the sky to blighter worlds, their 
friends coming to see them off, rejoicing in the 
happy translation, and inviting their oft return. 
This is God's gate, and though sin shut it, re- 
demption will open it again, and the scene, here 
depicted, may soon become far more real in actu- 
al experience, than in the colors of fancy. 

It is extremely interesting to note how the re- 
cent discoveries of science corroborate the utter- 
ances of revelation, and set one of Paul's mystic 
passages in a new and peculiar light. In Eph. 2: 
2, the apostle calls Satan "the prince of the power 
of the air," aud in Heb. 2: 14, he tells us that this 
same Satan possesses the power of death. Put- 

ting these two facts together, may we not discover 
their relation to the recently demonstrated mi- 
crobe theory of disease? It has been proven be- 
yond all doubt that nearly every human disease, 
cholera, consumption, fevers, maladies of the 
throat, lungs, liver, stomach, bowols, muscles, 
bones, nerves, are, with few exceptions, or none, 
the direct result of small living germs or mi- 
crobes, that float around in the air, and infect the 
human system, producing sickness and death. 
These germs are visible under a powerful micro- 
scope, and medical experts have learned to detect 
and classify them. 

To-day the absorbing topic aud effort of medi- 
cal science is to find substances which will destroy 
or neutralize these germs, and thereby save the 
patient's life. Prof. Koch, of Berlin, Germany, 
has discovered a substance which will destroy the 
microbe of tubercular consumption, aud cure that 
dreadful disease. It is confidently expected that, 
in a short time, this new field of medical discovery 
will cover all the contagious diseases, aud greatly 
lessen the dangers and mitigate the sufferings of 
human life. But thiuk for a moment of this 
" Prince of the air," exercising the dread power of 
death by filling the atmosphere with deadly mi- 
crobes, breeding them in swamps and sewers, in 
charnel houses, and dead bodies of beasts, com- 
pounding and classifying them in some hidden 
laboratory of mist, and mountain-cave, and night- 
wind, and scattering them broad-cast for millions 
of men, women and children to breathe in, and 
sicken and die. Worthy employment, and cun- 
ning art for the arch-fiend and implacable enemy 
of mankind! When, therefore, he shall be hurled 
from his high place into the dungeon of nether 
darkness, will not the fell influence depart, the 
ambient air and health return to the myriad sick, 
even as the blush of the morning when the night 
mists have rolled away? Aye, it shall come to 
pass that the life of a man shall be as the life of a ' 
tree, and he shall be yet a child who has seen a 
hundred years. However it may be done, it shall 
lie. God has spoken it, and the zeal of the Lord 
will perform it. Christ will bring more abundant 
life to the living, as well as new life to the dead. 
The earth shall be full of his glory. Allelujah! 
Amen ! 



We do not need to go far from our own door to 
find a great deal of misery and woe. In every vi- 
cinity there are those w*ho are made unhappy ei- 
ther by physical or mental pain. Some few of 
these it takes a higher power to relieve, but many 
of us could surely do much more than we are do- 
g to make others happy. 

Where shall we make others happy? Here on 
earth. " Let us make some one happy here," are 
the words of one of the most prominent infidels 
that ever lived. They are indeed good words and 
express a noble sentiment, but can we give true 
happiness to any one without giving the person 
eason to believe that it will be a lasting happi- 

" Oh! many a shaft at random sent, 
Finds mark the archer little meant, 
And many a word at random spoken 
May soothe or wound the heart that's broken." 

Little do we know the value of kind words un- 
til we are in anguish ourselves and are relieved 
by some kind-hearted person, who knows how to 
kind words, so as to give the best result. 
Many a son has been driven into the cold world 
for the want of only a kind word or tender act. 
Many a brother has been driven into evil compa- 
ny by a sister who thoughtlessly gave him an un- 
kind word, or simply remained silent when she 

Jan. 20, 1891. 


.raged him to be good by ouo 

Blight ll.T\ 

kind word. . 

Many of our ricli brethren and sisters, too often 
have their tables laden with good things and, per- 
haps, invite some o£ their rich neighbors. Think, 
brethren, how much yon may help that pool- 
neighbor of yours by giving him a few o£ the 
mere necessities o£ lite! You may cheer him to 
such an extent that he may have a better opinion 
>rld and also oE God's people, 
if us may be compelled to say, " Earthly 
o I none, but can we not give that which 
... and become richer by giving? Can we 
not teach the way and so lead some one to Christ 
and thus give eternal life?" Think of these things, 
for the grave doe3 not end life. 
Berlin, Pa. 



Number Three. 

of the wt 

Some i 

gifts hav 

Hitherto we have been trying to show how be- 
lievers become lost and bewildered, aud that, by 
faith in Jesus, as their Lord and Redeemer, they 
are enabled to find their way out of the snares of 
the devil. 

We desire now to notice the condition of those 
who have never exercised faith towards God, — 
why it is, and the dreadful result. All who have 
not faith, are lost somewhere. To simply believe, 
without knowledge, is to be lost. To believe in 
an object or personage that has not demonstrated 
saving power in himself, to an absolute certainty, 
is to be lost. Jesus Christ has demonstrated this 
power in his miracles by healing the sick, making 
the deaf to hear the blind to see, the lame to 
walk, the dead to arise, and, fiually, by passing 
under death, and coming out victorious over the 
same, triumphantly ascending to the mansions on 
high. We, who believe in him, know whereof we 
speak. There is no guess work about it, and in 
the heavens above, or iu the earth beneath, there 
is no power able to pluck us out of his hand, 
while we believe. 

But how about those who have not heard of 
him? "While "there is no other power known un- 
der heavou whereby men can be saved," — how 
can they believe unless they hear? It is utterly 
impossible to believe in a personage or object of 
which we know nothing. They may not, in the 
end, be beaten with as mauy stripes as those who 
have heard, but evidently they ARE lost from God 
and his truth, from Christ and his salvation. 
Hence the great importance of preaching the 
Word to every creature in all nations. Think of the 
millions of lost souls for the want of a preacher, 
and how shall they preach, except they be sent? 
Thousands upon thousands perish in the land 
of prodigals. These have heard the truth even 
from their childhood days; they know the truth; 
they know that in their Father's house is plenty 
and to spare. While they are prodigals in a 
strange land, they are in our midst, surrounded 
by Christian associations and Gospel influences. 
They have left the soul, and have gone down into 
the flesh, to teed the low, degraded, sordid pro- 
pensities of their lower nature. May the good 
Lord help all such to return to their Father's 
house and speedily repair the damage that has 
been done by their long absence. 

" But," says one, " I am what the world calls a 
good man. I am moral, virtuous, honest and 
open-handed. I am as good as any of your 
church members, and I believe that men and wom- 
en can be as good out of tho church as in it." 

We will now examine your case and see whether 
you are not sadly lost. Your case is similar to 
that of a rich young man that came to JeBus, de- 

ing to know what he must do to obtain eternal 
life. When Jesus rehearsed to him the require- 
ments of the law, he said he had done all these 
from his youth. The Savior did not dispute this, 
but said, "One thing thou lackest." This is ono 
of the saddest cases on record. Jesus looked on 
him and loved him, but the young man went away 
sorrowing. So it is with you, dear moralist. You 
are doing, and probably have been from the days 
of your youth, all things that constitute good mor- 
bnt one thing,— one single thing,— is lacking 
yet, that yon may obtain eternal life. 

That one thing may be illustrated in this sup- 
posed case: A landlord employs a servant to con- 
duct his business. He gives this servant written 
instructions how to run the farm, and authority to 
sell and buy. Ho tells him to deposit his money 
in the bank and draw on him when ho needs mon- 
ey. The man takes charge of the affair, follows 
the instructions, sells stock and produce, but while 
depositing the money, he does so iu his own name, 
and draws it out in the same way. After some 
lime he finds that the expenditures exceed the 
proceeds and that the last dollar has been drawn 
... He now comes to the proprietor whom he 
knows to be abundantly able to supply the wants, 
and he says, " What must I do to save my credit? " 
The landlord refers him to the regulations, and 
the servant says: "I have done all that from the 
beginning." Then the landlord tells him, " "5 
lack one thing; you must stop doing business 
your own name, and do business iu my name; de- 
posit in my name, and draw out also in my name 
and that will correct the whole trouble." 

There are numbers of these moralists whom tb 
Lord loves. The church desires 
the name of the Great Author ai 
all things, but many of them turn 
being lost and ruined for the 
thing. Dear sinner, 
would be safe! 

(To be 

eaten, was it finished, was it closed, when Judas 
betrayed Christ? Read verse 2 enref ally. John 
lias said nothing about, feet-washing. Ho lias on- 
ly said that snppu' was ended when Judas be- 
trayed Christ. And so it was. When Judas re- 
ceived the sop, he went immediately out and be- 
trayed Christ, That was after the sapper was oat- 
en, — ended. John does not give lis a full, con- 
nected statement of tho different events as they 
occurred. After making the statement as he did 
about Judas aud the supper being ended, etc., he 
then goes on and gives us his statemeut about the 
washing of the disciples' feet. Then, when we 
come to verses 2G and 27, John again refers to 
Judas, and takes him up where he left him, saying, 
'And after the sop Satan entered into him," etc 
'Ami after the sop, Judas betrayed Christ." So, 
supper being ended,— eateu,— the devil put it into 
the heart of Judas to betray him. 
Roanoke, 111. 

them to accept 
d Proprietor of 
away sorrowing, 
it of one single 
.ept this name, if you 



' Ami supper being ended, the devil having now pat 

• heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's Son, 10 betray him."— John 

Theke has been, and perhaps still is, some diffi- 
culty iu the minds of some people, and of some of 
own bretbren as well, in trying to reconcile 
the above Scripture with our practice in washing 
feet before eating the Supper. Some have con- 
cluded that the practice is wrong and have washed 
feet after the eating of the Supper. But it is 
clear that Jesus was eating with his disciples after 
he had washed their feet. See verse 12. "So 
after he had washed their feet, aud had taken his 
garments, and was set down again" (that was to 
the table), Jesus said: "Verily, verily, I say unto 
you, that one of you shall betray me." Verse 21. 
Upon being questioned as to who it was, Jesus 
answered, " He it is to whom I shall give a sop, 
when I havo clipped it." Verse 28. "Now no 
man at the table knew for what intent he spake 
this unto him." Verse 26. 

This makes it plain that Jesus ate the Supper 
with his disciples after he had washed their feet. 
But now comes the difficulty. John, in verse 2, 
plainly says, "Supper being ended." "No," one 
says, " I think Supper was only prepared." An- 
other says, "It means that supper was rather 
come." So say some of the learned theologians. 
I heard another say once that the supper was on- 
ly prepared aud was setting on the hearth to keep 
it warm. Webster defines the word ended as fol- 
lows: "To finish, to close, to conclude." 

Now, did John tell the truth? Was the supper 



Upon the above subject wo cpioto tho following 
from the Christian Advocate, the church organ 
of the Methodist church, South, published at 
Nashville, Teum, bearing date of Nov. 1, 1890. 
"We can not too often assert the old Protestant 
Pauline, doctrine, that men are saved by faith on- 
ly. To cut down this doctrine at any point, is to 
invite the most disastrous consequences. To 
place reliance on ceremony or legal enactment of 
any kind, is to fall from grace. Not by faitli plus 
this or that or the other thing, bat by faith oh/// 
are we justified before God. There is no oilier 

The Apostle James seriously confronts tho 
above statement with the following interroga- 
tives: "What doth it profit, my brethren, though 
a man say lie hath faith, and have not works? 
Can faith save him?" "Wilt thou know, vain 
man, that faith without works is dead?" "Ye. 
see then how that by worl(S a man is justified and 
not by faith only." The author of the foregoing 
quotation says, " We are saved by faith only;' 
while the apostle James says, "not by faith only." 
That sounds well nigh like a flat contradiction. 
I remind the reader that "he that is sent of God 
speaketh the things of God." I add that the 
Scriptures teach, that men are saved by the fol- 
lowing different things: 

1. Faith. "Thy faith hath saved thee." Luke 

2. Hope. "For we are saved by hope." Rom. 
8: 24. 

3. Grace. " For by grace are ye saved." Eph. 

4. Baptism. " Even Baptism doth also now save 
s." 1 Peter 3: 21. 

5. God. "Who hath saved us," etc. 2 Tim. 1: 


0. " The blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleans- 
eth us from all sin." 1 John 1: 7. 

7. The apostle Peter bids us, in that noted Pen- 
tecostal sermon, "save yourselves from this un- 
toward generation." Hence the Divine Record 
does teach us, that if we are saved it will be by 
faith; but not by "faith only." If wo are saved, 
it will be by hope; but not by hope alone. It is 
equally true that if we are saved, it will be by 
"race; but not by grace alone. The same is trae 
of baptism. In short, "man cloth not live by 
bread alone but by every word that proceedeth 
out of the mouth of God." 

A farmer, some time since, in eulogizing one 
of his faithful working animals said, that the 
horse had raised him thirty acres of corn. The 
statement was questioned, yet the farmer insisted 
that he was correct; that the animal rendered him 


Jim. 20, 1891. 

the service named. It is almost needless to say 
that there were other important auxiliaries nnil 
factors in producing the crop of corn. There were 
tools, seed and soil, an intelligent hand to direct 
the work, besides nil, a Great and a Good Being to 
send showers and sunshine. No one of the nhove 
agents alone would have produced the crop. 
While faith lies at the base of the economy of 
grace, for "without faith it is impossible to please 
God." yet it must he n "faith that worketh by 
love," for "faith without works is dead, being 

The writer in the foregoing quotation says, " To 
place reliance on ceremony or legal enactment of 
nuy kind is to fall from grace." How about that 
vast multitude of anxious seekers, wdio presented 
themselves on Pentecost with the inquiry, " What 
must we do? " To them Peter replied, " Repent 
and be baptized every one o£ you, in the name of 
Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and you 
shall receive the Holy Ghost." Does not this lan- 
guage of Peter indicate, that Peter placed a good 
deal of reliance on the ceremony of baptism ? 

The apostle Paul, at his conversion, inquired: 
"Lord what will thou have mo to do?" The 
Lord replied : " Arise, go into the city, and it shall 
be told thee what thou must do." When Ananias, 
the one sent of God, mot the anxious penitent 
seeker, his address was, "Why tarriest thou? 
Arise ami be baptized and wash away thy sins, 
calling on the name of the Lord." 

This again indicates reliance ou ceremony, — on 
the legal enactment of baptism. When Christ 
came to Peter with a basin and towel, Peter sternly 
refused to have his feet washed, to which Christ 
replied, "If I wash thee not. thou hast no part 
with me." This reply clearly indicates that 
Christ placed no little reliance on the ceremony of 
feet-washing; hence, to place reliance on ceremony 
or legal enactment, is HOT an evidence of falling 
from grace. 

The author quoted calls this "faith-alone" 
doctrine, a Pauline doctrine. I remark that the 
apostle Paul, nowhere in all his writings, gives 
sanction to such a theory: they prove something 
entirely different. James squarely leaches that we 
are saved " not by faith only." 

H the reader will go with me to the " Methodist 
Discipline," I will show him the source of this 
" faith-alone " doctrine. Ou page 10, under 
article 9, "of the justification of man," we have 
the following: " We are accounted righteous be- 
fore God only for the merit of our Lord and Savior 
Jesus Christ by faith, and not for our own works 
or deservings. Wherefore that we are justified by 
faith only is a most wholesome doctrine, and very 
full of comfort." 

The premises that there is no merit or deserv- 
ings in our irorks is true, but the conclusion " that 
we are justified by faith only," is nowhere taught 
in all the Holy Record. Hence, instead of this 
faith-alone doctrine being a Pauline doctrine, it is 
an error, a doctrine of man, found in the " Meth 
dist Discipline," and largely taught and asserted 
by their press and pulpit. I therefore pen the 
warning, Beware of " teaching for doctrine the 
commandments of men." Matt. 15: 9. 


Church "Work in Washington 

Husband and self have been living here nearly 
four years, and our observation teaches us that 
this would be a profitable field to do missionary 
work, if the right efforts were put forth. "We 
would like to have some Brethren locate here. We 
think this part of the country a very desirable 
place to live, and would like very much to estab- 
lish a church of the Brethren. Several faithful 
ministers should permanently locate here and in 
Oregon. They should come prepared to stay with 
the work, otherwise it will not prosper as it should. 

I hope the day will speedily approach when we 
will again have church privileges, and a better 
opportunity to work in God's vineyard. I rejoice 
to learn of so many series of meetings being con- 
ducted all over the -Brotherhood. May the good 
k continue, and the year 1891 be one of the 
most prosperous years in the history of the 

If any of the Brethren desire more information 
about this country, they will please address me as 
below. Alice S. Christlieb. 

Ceniralia, Washington. 

Among; the Father's Children. 

On the mormn: 
and daughter, C 
private conveyan 

miles, to visit th 

: Dec. 17, 1890, husbaud, self, 

ie, left home, traveling, by 

a distance of sixty or more 

Brethren of the Stony Creek 

"There is nothing so silly, or in its own way 
bo under-bred, as that Huid confidence which tells 
all its affairs on the slightest provocation —unless 
it be that want of delicacy which asks for what is 
not voluntarily given and what is not warranted 
by the terms of friendship." 

"Life must be measured by action, not by time 
for a man may die old at thirty, and young at 
eighty; nay, the one lives after death, and the oth- 
er perished before he died." 

church, Hamilton Co., Inch, and attend a series of 
meetings. We arrived at the hospitable home of 
our esteemed brother in Christ,— Christian Heiny, 
— on the evening of the 18th, and, after rest and re- 
freshments, went to the place of meeting, the Dis- 
ciple (or Campbellite) church, a few miles from 
the Brethren's house of worship, where the Breth- 
ren's doctrine was not so well understood. The 
meetings were conducted by Eld. Levi Holsinger, 
of the Ladoga church, who is an able expounder 
of the teachings of the Word of God, and brings 
forth the most convincing arguments in defense 
of our faith and practice, using stro 
ments, clothed in mild words, accompanied with a 
kind and loving demeanor and winning srnili 
The meetings continued nearly two weeks, and al- 
though there was no ingathering of sheaves as 
immediate result, we think the people w 
thoroughly convinced of their duty they owe 
themselves and to God, but are procrastinating 
until a more " convenient season." 

This church is under the oversight of Eld. Jol 
H. Caylor, who is assisted in the ministry by tv 
promising young brethren, — Wm. Burcham and 
Moses Sineltzer, — who have recently been called 
into active service in the church. May the 
Stony Creek church stand by them, comfort them 
and pray for them, and encourage them in the per- 
formance of their duties, and, when they become 
discouraged, " hold up their hands as did Aaron 
and Hur," for Moses. 

As we once lived in this congregation, our visit 
was like returning home after several years of 
absence and separation from those we had learned 
to love with more than a filial love. The renew- 
ing of old acquaintances and forming of new ones 
gave us a sweet foretaste of that grand and glorious 
reunion, and was unto us as the gate of heaven. 
Luring our stay among them, one dear sister, who 
is 6orely afflicted, called for the elders of the 

the church, as enjoined by the Apostle James. A 
goodly number of the dear brethren and sisters 
assembled at the home of Isaac Caylor, and sister 
Maria Caylor was anointed with oil in the name 
of the Lord." May the sustaining grace of God, her strong tower in her declining 

Jan. 4 was the regular appointment at our home 
church (Landessville). A young man applied for 
admission into the family of God by baptism, 
which was attended to on the morning of the 5th. 
Another young brother, who had strayed from the 
fold, returned home again, and was received back 
into the church. May the church, here and else- 
where, put forth every effort to nourish, cherish 
and keep the lambs of the nock, lead them gently 
along the rugged pathway of life, shield them 
from temptation, watch over them with loving 
care, and there will be far less danger of their be- 
ing lured from the path of duty, to pluck a few 
flowers by the wayside, and, perhaps, become on- 
tangled in the thorns and snares of worldliness. 
Sarah M. Saunders. 

Lawless, Ind. 

From Cartersville, Va. 

In GosrEL Messenger No. 1, I inadvertently 
stated that Bro. Kauffman is now our elder. This 
I find is a mistake. Bro. B. F. Moomaw still has 
the oversight of the church, but, since Bro. Kauff- 
man has come among us, Bro. Moomaw gave him 
the privilege of looking after the needs of the 

We held our council-meeting Jan. 3. Bro. Ira 
Sonthall is our Treasurer and Bro. D. Myers, Sec- 
retary. Jan. -i, Bro. Kauffman preached for us. 
Our prayer-meeting was at sister Sheets' last 
night. The room was about filled with an attent- 
ive audience, and the interest seemed to be good. 

It is good to meet together to Bijig ruul pray, — in 

hear the Word read and to encourage each other 
on our journey home. 

Let us be faithful, so that we can enjoy the rest 
that "remaineth for the people of God." 

Florida J. E. Etter. 

From the Donnel's Creek Church, Clarke Co., Ohio. 

Bro. William B. Harshbarger, of Ladoga, In- 
diana, came to us Dec. 11, and commenced a se- 
ries of meetings in the old Donnel's Creek church- 
house. He continued until the evening of Dec. 
21. While we had no immediate accessions to the 
church, we feel that the cause was built up. 

Brethren Henry Gump and John H. Brumbaugh 
came to one of our outposts Nov. 22, and remained 
till the evening of Nov. 30. While I had not-the 
privilege of being with them, I am glad to learn 
that they had an interesting meeting. 

Dec. 20 Bro. William Bowser and I went to an- 
other point on the outskirts of our district, thirty- 
seven miles from the main body of the church, 
and commenced a series of meetings. I preached 
the first three sermons, when, on account of other 
angements, I had to leave. Bro. Bowser con- 
tinued the meetings during the week, and we trust 
his efforts resulted in much good. Feb. 13 we ex- 
pect Bro. Lewis W. Teeter, of Indiana, to com- 
mence meeting at New Carlisle. We hope it may 
awaken both saint and sinner. We also have an- 
other point in the district where we hope to be 
able to hold a series of meetings during the win- 
ter. I feel that these meetings are the means of 
doing much good, not only to induce sinners to 
flee the wrath to come, but to the strengthening 
of the members. The command is, "Feed my 
sheep and lainbs,"— just as much as it is to go and 
preach the Gospel to all nations. Let us all labor 
to feed those already in the church, and do all in 
our power to induce others to come and help in 


Jan. 20, 1891. 

_j=^p-t way, will please stop -I- -^ - ^ ^'J^lTt 

^tftmy home Dec. 31, for the Middle Fo J ' -^orf »* £" i*^ S^TS^ SKA! 
church, lua., whore I am penning these hues at good d<me at fed ^ place- Th fc ^ ^ ^ Mm ^ he]lad t , 

the home of Bro. Solomon Bliokenstafl, one of the ougk to lo ok atte a U eu h , ^ y ^ . ^ ^^ ^^ ^ „ , 

elders o£ this church. I commenced meetings on son lives in toh™^ ,Lthren who will stop the time he was with us, yet he labored earnestly 
New Year's evening. The Brethren had one any c , our n »^ ™= s ~ uiel Wise , Olcott, and effectively. Though he has been in the mm 
eting before my arrival. Considering the dlf- with them. His addiess is, ^ ^ ^ ^ a ^ y^ Bro mlker ]s , 

ferent elements to contend with here, the interest Reno Co., Kans ^^ ^ ^^ uot to be aB l mme d He 

s good. I preached ten sermons since my arrival I returned home bom the a boy ^ ^ ^ ^ yQun „ 

It this place and may, by God's permission, con- and found my wife in pool heami, I ^ ^ on ^ Lord , s si(le anfl the me mbership 

tinue for some time yet. The Lord willing, I expect some. ^ ^ ^ fc v «lley. Uae mooh miTed. Many more were almost per- 

to commence a series of meetings m Burlington, \ J™- * , afternoon. Here I held suaded to come, but put it off. May God help 
Ohio, Jan. 17. May the Lord not only enable me, who c 1 . rf u A M ^ to come ^^ u ig too late , u_ h , 

but all that are out in the field, to preach the ^ s n » ^ « - Tm , to find L mis ters continued the meetings until the 2?th 

Word as revealed in the Gospel! Let all dig I " «lgoodc on le themselves but deep snow and inclement weather prevented 

Town to the sure foundation which is Christ Jo- h J- ^M a ste^s service" the people from turning out. This makes nine 

and feel that the Word is sharper than a two- ( P 1 ^™ 1 * 

edged sword. Let us 
ours to live ! 

it manfully, while it is 
Heniiy Fbantz. 

From Eads, Colo. 

[V Hi 1IH' jUilSiei r, o^i,.vu. | — - x- — c-- t - , 

, „■,, met here by brother M. and sister Bettie additions by baptism since my last report. 

Keller who conveyed me to the Walnut Valley Our Sunday-school closed Oct. 5 On Christ- 

lit ch Barton Co Kans., where I had meeting ma s we met again, for the purpose of pres- 

th e ;fen " -Kl continued each evening until e nts to the scholars. The house was crowded 

Tan 5 189 Then I was taken to Eden Valley wi th children and their parent, A sulfa), le pa- 
B ^erUaker, r on^ 

Sometime ago we sent for a dozen Brethren s ■ chmh , At the meeting in the lowed by appropriate rerun 

Almanacs." In looking over the ministerial list, ™- ' j ^ & ^ congregation . Next morn- Musselman and Daniel Hoi 

w'e saw the name of Bro. J. J. Hoover, of Kooky 
Ford, Colo. We at once wrote him a letter 
in" him to come and hold some meetings for 
We soon received an answer, stating that 1 
would be much pleased to do so. 

Dec IS we were made happy to meet 1 
our house He stayed with us until the 24th 

During his stay with us, he preached five sermons 

at what is known as the Black Lake school-house. I ^""^ most o£ my time 

The meetings were well attended. We approciat- 1 ^.^ md raeaohi n H 

ed the meetings and the visit of our brother per- 

haps more than those of our brethren afld sisters 
, who live 

ad eon-negation. Next mom- 1 Musselman and Daniel Holsopple. Between two 
r" v s tek /to the ^itoad station by Bro. L d three hundred scholars were made glad by 
T^malMiiltson of Bro. James Miller. Bro. suitable gifts. The teache.and officers a!so re- 
Thnmas is one of the young members, recently ceived the present of a book. 

jau realize, who live in oraan 

can meet for worship onoe _ 

like faith. Many of the dear members who have 

been isolated, can readily sympathize with us. 

The Gospel Messensee is still making its wel- 
come visits to us. Wo feel that if all who are 
isolated, would take the MlBSBKOBB, they would 
many times receive fresh courage when almost 
ready to give up, or when they think we will nev- 
er have the privilege of meeting again with those 
of like precious faith. 

Just to-day we saw an accouut m the Messen- 
ger, given by Bro. Crosswhite, of a church with 
five elders. I once heard a brother say that there 
ie sich r. thing as overdcing a thing in religion as 
well as in any other subject. Will not somebody 
be called to account for not obeying the command, 
"Go ye?" , , ,. 

Many, in this western country, have not the 
privilege of hearing the Gospel preached m its 
purity. Brethren, coming west, will always be 
welcomed, if they will makeEads one of their stop- 
ping places. We can get a house to preach in at 
my time, on short notice. We have distributed a 
number of tracts. The Almanac for 1891 is about 
as "ood a tract as can be sont out, as it sets torth 
the doctrine of the Brethren in such plain lan- 
guage that none can fail to understand. We ask 
an interest iu the prayers of all the brethren and 
sisters, that some good may yet come of our isolat- 
ed condition. Lizzie Shoemaker. 

Wayside Notes. 

baptized in this church. 

I spent my time, during the day, in the Walnut 
Valley ehuroh, canvassing for the Old Persons 
and Infirm and Orphans' Home of the State of 
Kansas, and met with very good success. 1 will 
now spend most of my time, in the near future, 
canvassing and preaching. Congregations in 
Southern Kansas who wish mo to hold meetings 

.threu ana sisrers , ^ t wffl pleas0 wl . ;te ma at once. Those 

;ad churches, and f l„„„.tions 

, h f B ' and { who have donations for the Home, will write me 
with those ot Box Couway gpring8> Kans . 

Eld. John Wise. 

Dec. 18 I went to Olcott, Reno Co., Kaus., 
where I held a meeting in the evening; also on the 
evening of the 19th and. 20th. On Sunday, Dec. 
21 I held two services-moruing and evening. 
This is a new place, ou the D. M. & A. R, R, at 
the junction of the Iuka Branch with the mam 
line We had large congregations and very good 
attention. A number of persons said it was the 
first Dunkard meeting they ever attended. Any 

Notes from the Shade C reek Ch urch, Somerset Co., Pa. 
The above-named church met in quarterly 
council Oct. 7. The deacons, on their visit, found 
nothing but peace and harmony. Oh, how pleas- 
ant to meet on such occasions, when this is the 
case! Considerable, business was transacted m 
the fear of the Lord. 

love-feast was held Oct. 12. The weather 
was very disagreeable, raiu falling about all day. 
In consequence of this, tho attendance was not as 
large as usual, but a better feast I never attended 
The order and attention were most excellent and 
the preaching was of the best. Ministers from oth- 
er districts were brethren Josiah Berkley, David 
Hildebrand, Michael Claar, E. J. Blough George 
Lowrv A Claar Theo. Heiple and Levi Rodgeis. 
Eld Berkley officiated Brethren Lowry, Claar 
and Heiplo preached several good sermons before 
and after tho feast. 

Oct 25 and 20, Bro. J. B. Brumbaugh preached 
for us at Scalp Level. We also had the pleasure 
of attending the Sipesvillo and Johnstown love- 
feasts At each of those places the attendance 
was large and over a dozen ministers were behind 
the table. „ , „ 

I Nov 17 Eld. Silas Hoover, of Boyntou, feomei 
set Co, Pa., commenced preaching in the Ridge 
n eting-houso,and continued tin the 23rd. H. 
I preached eight sermons in all. Ed. Joseph Be.k 
ey preached three sermons prior to Bro. l^nei 
arrival. Four were baptised -a mother, her son 
and two daughters. May they ever be true and 
shinin" lights, so that the husband and father 
m afsobo induced to come! I think had the 
me etings continued longer, more would have ac- 
cepted ottered mercy. During those meetings we 
had favorable weather, good roads, and a la lg e at- 

On New Year's Day our quarterly council was 
held in the Greenland house for the purpose of 
electing the necessary officers for the year. 
There was a liberal attendance of members. On 
accouut of school and institute duties your corre- 
spondent could not attend the last two councils. 

For the last several weeks wo had the deepest 
snow wo had for many years. J. E. Blough. 

Home Again. 

Wife and I left our home in Greeno, la., Sept. 
12 en rouie for the Oak Grove church, ten miles 
south of Iowa City. Upon our arrival wo found 
a little baud of brethren and sisters assembled tor 
love-feast exercises, and we enjoyed our inter- 
course with them very much. Eld. J. L. Snyder, 
of Brooklyn, has the oversight of this congrega- 
1 tion Bro L. C. Seibert has purchased a farm at 
this place, and will locate here in the spring 

The Brethren here insisted that we should re- 
main with them for a while and hold some meet- 
ings which we did, preaching in all seventeen ser- 
mon's. As an immediate result seven dear souls 
were received by baptism. 

We next went to the Deep River congregation 
and attended their love-feast, which was also well 
attended. Bro. Snyder also has the oversight of 
this congregation, with Brethren Taylor, Hop- 
wood and Bamhiser as home ministers Itm 
Brethren insisted that we should remain and hold 
some meetings for them, which wo did. Six dear 
souls were added to tho church at this place by 

b We next wont, by request, to the English River 
congregation, where I preached in the Brethren s 
new- church at North English, which is a thriving 
little town. There were two additions by baptism. 
Wo then moved our meetings to the old church, 
five miles distant from tho uew one. Hero our la- 
bors resulted in thirteen additions by baptism. 
Bro S Flory has tho oversight of this church, 
and'is assisted by one elder and two ministers in 
the second degree. 

After closing our meetings, we turned our faces 
homeward with our hearts full or love to our dear 
Father. Twenty-eight dear souls were brought 
torn darkness to light during our labors among 
the dear brethren and sisters of Southern Iowa, 
I thank all for their kindness shown us. luring 
our stay with them. Wm. 0. Hipes. 


From Lordsburgh, Cal. 

In September o£ 1830, B-. 
I Bro. John Pfoutz were called to labor m t be m,u 
a ■•,.-, i u,.«ii,,.,.ii Samuel Slothoui' and JJnvu 

Wife and I are still in California and enjoying | rstry, and brethren J*""^ W3 , ; Br0 

nr«- usual degree of health. The Lord willing, we Bosserman as deacons. Angus* lniuistv , 

on u,u 1 aeg ee ; q{ ; ^^ BossemnJ1 wos chosen to tl> . mi rue .15 

I 1 b "o offered o donate us n lot, if we , Aug . 27, 1841, Bro. Danie Benner was caUed to 
^Stotudthouseon.thelot. We ac- the ministry, and Bro. Joseph K.ttmgei 

1 fi <r„. n „rl nro now living in our own chosen deacon. 
cepted the offer and p. | md ^ BnclleI . w as c bosen to the The weather is st.i v< Dec ember of the same year Bro. 

r^'SS^^^^iS^f'SLh^ was set apart for the same 
sowing wheat and barley. Oranges and lemons , work 

are getting ripe. 

On Christmas Day we attended the meeting at 
Covina. After meeting we enjoyed the kind hos- 
pitality of brother and sister Samuel Over holsor. 

Among the g 1 bhings provided were strawberries 

and a very tine watermelon. 

Eld. Philip A. Moore and wife, of Eoanoke, 
Woodford Co , 111., are here in Los Angelef. 
They rented room No. 8, at 3301 Spring Street, 
Li Angeles, Cnl. _ 

Pro. S. G IsstrcoF of '.IcIUro-i: ani inc. li. 
B Heiney of Nebraska, staved with us last night. 
This morning they started for Sau Diego, Cal. 
XI BJ B m tolike California. Last March, when 
wife and I left Lordsburgh, there were four mem- 
bers at this place. Now there are about thirty or 
forty and still they come. John Metzgeu. 

Feb. 8, 1851, Bro. J. D. Trostl 
ministry. Oct. -1, 1851 brethi 
and Jacob Dichl were elected 
1S53 Bro. Joseph Sherfy was c 
try, and Bro. Jeremiah Sheet 

r Mission to Oklahoma Territory. 

1. J. H. 

.led t( 


Thursday, Dec. 11, in company with B 
Nehei and D. Wolf, we boarded the tram at. 
Mel !une Kans , for Mulhall, Oklahoma, where we 
;,:,:. „,.., Qe xi day by brethren Ananias and J. 
Neher, and taken to theil pleasant homes by prl- 
vate conveyance, a distance of nine miles. 

On Sunday, Dec. 14, wo began meetings in 
their i.evr school-house. Bro. J. H. Neher and 
the writer preached alternately, closing oil the 
night of Dec. 21, preaching in all ten discourses. 
The congregations were large and the interest 
good. As a result of our labors, two were added 
to the church by baptism. Others said they were 
ready to come as soon as there would be an organ- 
ized' church. Still others were waiting on their 
companions. It has never been our lot to meet 
with a people that were so anxious to hear the 
Truth as they are at that place. I hope the Mis- 
sion Board of Southern Kansas will look after the 
cause there. I believe a large church could be 
built up, if the proper steps would be taken. 
There are now nine members living there and six 
more will move there during the coming spring. 
There will be one minister in the first degree of 
that office, and two deacons. They need an 
elder in order to organize and have regular meet- 
ings. There is no elder living in the Territory as 
yet. We think they have a good country, well 
"timbered, and plenty of good, soft water can eas- 
ily be obtained Any Brethren, desiring a home 
can do well there with small means. For further 
information of the country address Ananias 
Neher, Clarkson, Oklahoma Ty., not forgetting to 
enclose stamp. . j j-^-ienths 

We arrived home safely Dec. 23, well pleased 
with our visit to Oklahoma. Jacob Applemah. | 
Star Valley, Kans. 

ailed to the 

eph Sherfy 

5. May 29, 

1 the ininis- 

■ted deacon. 
V, autl Die. ueicui.*" ~» — 

Nov 12 1854, brethren H. G. Koser and Samuel 
Hoffe were chosen deacons. In 1857, Bro. Isaac 
Bucher, a deacon, moved into this church, and in 
the spring of 1861 Bro. David Blocher, another 
deacon, moved into the congregatio. 

May 14, 1863, Bro. David Blocht 
the ministry, and November 12, 18 
nan Pfoutz and John Trostl 

Aug 12 1869 Bro. Ephraiui Deardorff was 
elected deacon. Nov. 10, 1870, Bro. Isaac. Pfoutz 
was chosen deacon. Sept, 21, 1872, Bro. C. 
Lahman Pfoutz was called to the ministry. 

May 24, 1S73, Bro. B. F. Kittinger was chosen 
deacon. May 11, 1878, Bro. John Troslle was 
chosen to the ministry, and in November 9.18(8 
Bro J H. Bosserman was elected deacon. 

Nov 8 1884, Cornelius Weaver was choser 
deacon. Aug. 14, 1886, Bro. B. F. Kittinger wai 
elected to the ministry, and brethren J. Olive] 
i Blocher and J. D. W. Deardorff were chosen 
deacons. May 18, 188S, Uriah Stremmel was 
elected deacon. . 

From the best possible knowledge, David i foutz 
was ordained to the eldership in. the fall of 1821. 
Bro. David Bosserman wasordamed m 1848. Bro. 
Joseph Sherfy was ordained Nov. 8, 1884, and C. 
Lahman Pfoutz, Aug. 14, 1886, under whose car* 
the church flourishes. 

This church is located in Adams County, la 
It is bounded on the east by the Upper Conawaga 
church, on the west by the Antietam and Falling 
Spring churches, on the north by Lower and Upper 
Cumberland churches, on the South by the 
Monocacy and Pine Creek churches The 
present membership numbers about 175, ot which 
sixty-five per cent are sisters. 

In 1850 the territory was divided into six sub- 
districts. The boundaries of each are designated 
by public roads centring in Gettysburg. Each 
sub-district is visited annually by a deacon and 
sub-deacon. At this writing the official force con- 
sists of five ministers and six deacons. Ihey 
have six regular appointments, yet only two meet- 
ing-houses. The first was built in 1830 on a site 
donated by elder David Pfoutz. This house was 
remodeled and enlarged in 1883. The second v, as 
built in 1852, on a lot donated by the Society ot 


city tc 

have knowledge of me 
whom they would lit 

Bro. Klepper, and 
Choto church, twenty miles s 
Dec. 27. With Bro. Klepper's ai 
three meetings with them. Wc 
band of members with a good ho 
but no resident minister. The car 
there for want of ministerial help. 
given us during the meetings wai 

that some one of the many of our ministering 
brethren who. surrounded by so many co-workers, 
has practically nothing to do, could not locate 
here, and do something for the cause where he is 
needed! . 

There are in this country a great many people 
who are not wealthy, but they don't need wealth. 
They live comfortably without it. There are no 
blizzards, no total failure of crops here. No one 
' fr e'in^ and no one is starving. Tennessee is 
not calling for meat to sustain the body, but all 
over this great South there is a cry for the Bread 
and Water of Life. Come over, brethren,^ and 
help usi The prospect for building 

-ife, visited the 

-est of the city, 

[stance we held 

found a liltlo 

use of worship, 

lso has suffered 

The attention 

very marked, 

What a pity 

:ch at Choto 
listerial hell- 

flattering, if they had prope 

them agai 


■ille! If 


The Lord w 

irth Sunday i 
1, pray for the cause i 

nore is needed. 
respondents will pie; 


rill visit 

and about Knox- 
i than pray, do 

;e address mo z 
Jas. M. Neff. 

Me, Ten 

i cla 

From Knoxville, lean. 

History of the Marsh Creek Church, from its Or- 
ganization to the Present Time. 

After haviug spent six weeks in this city, I 
find it in many respects a desirable place to liv 
Thus far I have found twelve members in tl 
T„ : . church was organized about 1810, by elect- I city, among them Bro. J. E. Klepper^ mtasfe 
fog Bro. David Pfoutz to the ministry, and Bro. I have also found a number ot others "°'™ , a 
Jacob Sherfey to the deacouship. Probably who have a very warm feeling £0, "«<=* , and 
Is comprised the membership at that seem very anxious for an oppoi tun ty .0 a 

Sj£, ,34, when he was called ^^^^^^^Z^ 



US Broad St., ICno 

[Bro. Nets 
At the last 
help was gi 


3 certifies that Eli Rule, during the past 
vas relieved from the ministry, for causes not 
ary to state in this correspondence, at a 
il, held in the Washington church, Kans., 
of which church he was a member. At said 
council two elders were present, and alsoEli Pule. 
When the decision of the church was made known 
to him he stated before the church that he would 
not abide by the decision ot the church, but would 
<ro on preaching, as usual. This he did ever since, 
mostly in Nebraska. He baptized one person, 
since "he was silenced, as reported by him in MeS- 
senoeb, Vol. 28, No. 37. In the same corre- 
spondence he speaks of the "Opposing dement 
trying to overthrow," etc., meaning the church 
that had befriended him, and bore patiently with 
im, and at last legally silenced him. 

(In the publication of Rule's correspondence 

hi- editors of the Messenger are an innocent party, 

.s they did not know of Rule's standing in the 

hurch at the time). 

Recently he,— Eli Rule 

refusing to appeo 

notified to appca 
in the Washing 

go of disol.edienc 

1 council. The 


action of the church was unanimous, to withd 
fellowship from hiiu, heuce ho stands as an 
pelled member. 

Ho still purposes to go on preaching, and may 
represent himself as a minister in good standing, 
and thus deceive some. Hence the Washington 
church considered it prudent to publish this notice 
iu the Messengeh, in order to protect the church 

Done by authority of the Washington church 
J. S. Mohlek 

Esjoice, all ye Saints ! 

Tue Pipe Creek church, Inch, began a series of 
meetings, Dec 20, and continued until Jan. 4. 
Jan. 1, five brethren and one sister were baptized. 
Although the weather was unfavorable, a goodly 
number met for worship, and at the place where the 
solemn rite of baptism was performed. With the 
exception of one, all were young in years, proving 
how much easier it is to turn to the Lord befor 
having wandered so far away from the Father's 
house. Most of the members received were me 
bers of our Sunday-school, and we are glad that 
the talents with which the Lord has blessed them, 
will-be consecrated to his service. At tho present 
time the church has a great need of brethren who 
are willing to use all tho talents the Lord has 
given them in tho cause of Christ; for the harvest 
is great and the laborers are few. 

On Sunday, Jan. 4, one more sister was received. 
Let the prayers of the saints ascend in behalf of 
these lambs of the fold, that they may grow i] 
grace and the knowledge of the Truth ! While w 
feel to rejoice to see children of men born into th 
kingdom, we feel to rejoice in an increase of lov 
and zeal among the members, as manifested ii 
these meetings. I believe we all feel the present 
of the Holy Spirit in our souls in a more perfect 
fullness than ever before. 

Bro. Daniel Wysong conducted these meetings. 
He has always some food for the little children, 
who occupied the front benches. Some of these 
little children shed bitter tears when they bade 
Bro. Wysong good-by. They felt they had lost a 
friend, and some of them said they would unite 
with the church when they were old enough to 
understand more of tho plan of salvation. May 
the good impressions received urge them to seek 
a higher life ! Maev Kindell Dickey. 

Peru, Ind. 

From Ladoga, Ind, 

Dec. 8, Bro. George Studebaker, of Shideler, 
Ind., came to us to conduct a series of meetings in 
the Eaccoon Creek church. 

Beginning the meetings at Bethel, north-west 
of Ladoga, ho preached for us until Dec. 14. He 
was quite unexpectedly called home to preach the 
funeral of a young man, accidentally killed. 

Dec. 17, bringing his family, he returned and 
continued meetings at Bethel until Dee. 20. They 
were thou changed to the Mt. Pleasant church, 
east of Ladoga, and lasted until Jan. 4. 

We had pleasant weather, good roads, and at- 
tentive congregations, most of tho timo during our 
meetings. The members wero reminded of their 
duty and encouraged to prove faithful, while sin- 
ners were warned not to put off the salvation of 
their souls until it is too late. 

As an immediate result of tho meetings, thir- 
teen were baptized, one wanderer returned, and 
there are threo applicants for baptism. 

We feel that there aro others "almost persuad- 
ed." May thoy not delay until they are brought 
to the hour when they must say, "Too late, too 
late." Many hear that still, small Voice say, 
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and arc heavy- 
laden and I will give you rest," but refuso to obey. I 
" If ye bo willing and obedient, ye shall eat tho 

good of the laud: but if yo refuse and rebel, ye 
shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth 
of the Lord hath spoken it." Isaiah 1: 19, 20. 
Charity Himes, 
Jan. 0. Corres. Sec. 

From Nashville, Kingman Co., Kans. 

Recently the Gospel Messengeh found its 
way into our mail. It was a surprise to me. The 
little circular, accompanying the paper, urged the 
recipient to read tho paper carefully, even though 
it did not agree with his sentiments. In reading 
the paper, however, my mind was carried to scenes 
of the past. I am quite sine that tho " Duukard " 
church is the one my father and mother belonged 
to when thoy were still living near Ankneytown, 
Ohio. I rejoice that the same old teachings are 
still promulgated, as I often heard them more thau 
twenty-five years ago. Since then, I have not 
heard a brother preach until Eld. Enoch Eby 
preached for us recently at a school-house near by. 
I was much interested in the meetings, and hope 
that others will come and labor for us. God will 
bless the work and also the workers. 

J. M. Baker. 

From the North Solomon Church, Kans. 

In the evening of Nov. 24, Bro. Charles Brown, 
of Thomas County, Kansas, commenced preach- 
ing for the Brethren iu the Union meeting house, 
Smith County, Kansas,— the north branch of our 
congregation. He preached thirteen very inter- 
esting, instructive sermons, to a large and attent- 
ive audience. Serious impressions were made and 
many prayers go up that the seed sown may yet 
spring up and bring forth fruit. A very pleasant 
Thanksgiving sermon and services were held in 
the Union meeting-house. All present found, by 
"counting mercies," that wo have much to be 
thankful for. 

During November and December, our home 
ministers held about twelve or fourteen meetings 
in a school-house on Twin Creek, thirty-seven 
miles south of where the former meetings were 
held. Here the house was crowded to its utmost 
capacity with a thinking people, who seemed much 
affected with the Truth, as presented. 

At this place a husbnnd and wife, in the merid- 
ian of life, resolved to leave the world and follow 
Jesus. They were initiated into his < 
baptism Dec. 27. Many others are conv 
halting on the threshold. God help them to 
solve and act before it is too laiet 

Two Old Order brethren and their companions 
expressed a desire to come back ere long. 

Dec. 27 our regular quarterly council was held 
at the usual place near Portis. A considerable 
amount of business was transacted. A spirit of 
love and Christian forbearance characterized the 
work. Our elder, B. B. Whitmer, presided. He 
remained and preached at this point seven heart- 
searching sermons. Bro. Win. Himes, of Dor- 
rance, was also with us, and assisted iu these 
meetings. We were made to wonder, if such 
preaching fails to briug about the desired im- 
provement, what means will God use next? O, 
that all eyes may be opened before the "candle- 
stick is removed out of its place." We are truly 
living iu trying times. If judgment begins at the 
house of God, where shall the. ungodly and sine 
appear? Fanny Moitnow. 

Special Thanksgiving Offering. 


,d, yet 

50eeuts;J. E. Gnagey, $1.00; M. J. Bail, $1.00; 
Anna Lane, 75 cents; Hannah Rosenberger, 50 
cents; Z. Henrick, $1.00; A. A. Ownly, 00 cents; 
Daniel Philips, 81.00; Lizzie Rawlins, $5.00; three 
sisters, $5.00; a sister, $1.00; Elizabeth Ebersole, 
$10.00; Mary A. Himes, 50 cents; Fanny Fo«le' 
$1.00; G. W. Weddle, 50 cents; Sister Harris, 50 
cents; a sistor, S1.00; John S. Harshbergcr, $1.00; 
Lizzie Barndollar, $1.00; J. W. Knee, 25 cents; 
Daniel Barrick, 82.110; Harriet Reed, $15.00; Clara 
Alstedt, 10 cents; G. W. Kephart, $1.00; Lydia 
Showalter, 30 cents; Rachel Calvert, 81.00; Cath- 
arine Wolf, 81.00; Email Miles, $1.00; Alfred W. 
Stoul't'er, 81.00; Sister Shaw, 25 cents; Matthias 
Watson, 81.00; Benjamin Protzman, $1.00; S. H. 
Sprogle, 81.00; Catharine Spanogle, 81.00; Lydia 
Shewman, 81.00; David Ansherman, $1.00; a 
brother and sister, $5.00;DavidKilhefhev, 90 cents; 
Mary A. Pfoutz, $1.00; Clias. A. White, $1.00; 
David Wells, 81.00; H. Lehman and family, $1.00; 
J. J. Keim, 75 cents; S. Home, $2.00; Mrs. O. H. 
Elliott, $1.00; Maria Gigous, $1.00; L. E. Heim, 
$1.00; a sister, 81.00; David Rathfon, 50 cents; 
H. Eliza Bossermau, 82.00; Elijah Home, 81.00; 
J. H. and Josio B. Rinehart, $3.00; Catherine 
Wingart, $1.00; Annie Kepler, $1.00; Mahala 
Gurbcr, 81.00; jane Arnold, 81.00; Alice Powell, 
$1.00; Mrs. John Zuck, $1.00; S. W. and M. D. 
Lewis, 81.00; David Goughnour, 81.00; R. L. 
Thomas, 81.00; Eliza Seabrook, $1.50; Mai-ion 
Domer, 81.00; Elizabeth Moomaw, 81.00; Julia A. 
Frame, 50 cents; Nancy J. Ross, 81.00: Sarah 
Connell, 25 cents; J. F. Butterbaugh, 82.00; H. 
Talhelm, 50 cents; Two sisters. $1.00;D. D. Kelver, 
81.00; David Plum, $2.00; feaac Barnhizer, $1.00; 
Mrs. D. M. Boughman, 81.00; Susan Porter, 
81.00; Joseph F. Emmcrt, 81.00; Susie M. Braller, 
81.00; S Boyer, 82.110; Annie Wright, 75 cents; 
J. O. Culler, 81.00; Emma J. Welty, $3."" Geo. 
S. Rowland, $3.00; Frederick Hi, as', 82.00; Eliza- 
beth Witwcr, $1. I'll; Silver ( reek Sunday-school, 
85.110; Elmira E. Wagner, ."1.00; Annie Petry, 
$1.00; Annie II. Roop, $2.00; A sister, 81.00; D. 
and L. Bohrer, 81.00; John Dolloweu, 50 cents; 
a sister, 81.00; D. Leedy, 81.00; Ezra Flora, 81.00; 
Elizabeth M. J. Miller. 81.00; a sister, 1.00: Silver 
Creek church, $22.23; Mary A. Clock, $1.00; 
Lydia Hogenboger, $1.00; Mary A. Bock, 50 cents; 
Ida Garber, 81.00; Lydia Wyland, $1.(11): K. A Cobb, 
81.00; James Glotfelty, 82.00; D. B. Butterbaugh, 
81.00: Rachel Christner, $1.00; a sister, $2.00; 
Sarah Munser, 81.50; John H. Stager, $2.00; Susan 
Cochran, 50 cents: Mary Anderson, 50 cents; 
Lydia Reiff, 82.G5; a brother and sister, >;2.0D; 
Mrs. S. E. Martin, 81.00; Abram Clingeupeel, 
$1.00; Mrs. Mary Matherount, 81.50; Hannah Jen- 
nings, $1.00; Wm. Lizer, 75 cents; J. F. Eikenberry, 
81.00; .1. S. Myers, $2.00; S. A. Shuck, $1.00; D. 
Boyer $1.00; a sister, $1.00; Mrs. J. C. Moomaw, 
$2.00; a sister, 50 cents; Elizabeth Wagoner, 
$1.00; F. W. Leighton, 82.00; Joanna Stouffer, 
$1.00; Alice A. Smith, 20 cents; Daniel Frantz; 
81.00; Thos. G Snyder, 81.00; D. Miller, 81.00; 
Sarah Fike, 81.00; 1'. F. Cups, 81.00; a brother, 
81.00; M. Snyder-, $2.00; South Waterloo church, 
$13.40; Coon River church, $4.10; Joseph F. Reiff, 
81.00; Darliu S. Hale, $1.00; Eliza Hale, sum 
Catharine Lint, 10 cents; Barbara Lint, 30 cents; 
W. II. Sense nan, $1.00; J. J. Thomas and wife, 
$1.00; Olive Shidler, 25 cents; Sarah Spanogle, 
$1.00; Jonas Fike, 81.00; Rachel Weimer, 8L00. 
BST'The above list comprises a part only of the 
list of donations received. The rest will be pub- 
lished as wo get room. 

G. E. Gonghnour and wife, 81.00; Joseph A. "A BUSY life, with good principles, strong pur- 
$2.00; Elizabeth Switzer, 81.00; a brother, poses, and wisdom cm. ugh to secure a fair cultiva- 
$1.00; L. Whitehead, $1.00; John E. Otto, 81.00; ! lion of the different sides of the nature, is one of 
Joseph Click, St. 00; Geo. M. Weidlers, 81.00; a ' most important factors for securing a ripe and 
brother, $1.00; A. J. Krops, $1.00; Martha A. Kreps, happy old age." 


Jan. 20, 1891. 

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The Gospel JVIessenger 

lilutcc! by Christ and as universally oh- 
early Christians, is .1 lull meal, and, in 
n, should be taken in the evening or after 

not the Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Charily, is binding 

That the Scriptural duty ..( Anointing the Sick with Oil. in the Name 
ol the Lord, James St 14, is binding upon all Christians. 

It also advocates the church's duty to support Missionary and Tract 
Wi.ik. thus gi.ine. t„ the Lord for the spread ol the Gospel and lor the 

mat ion 

concerning out- Mission and Tract Work We 
all ought to know about the work of the church. 
Lack of knowledge often results in lack of in- 
terest, and (lie brethren or sisters who know but 
little about the church and her work, usually do 
not manifest a wry deep interest in the church 
of their choice. 

Some there are, who say they are not able 
to pay for the paper. In every case of this 
kind, when the application comes through our 
agents, or through an elder of the church, we 
try to furnish the paper free. Wo have a largo 
list of names to whom the Messenger goes free. 
We also have n large list of uamos to whom we 
send the paper at 81.00 per year. This rate is 
made to churches that supply the paper to their 
poor, and to those who donato it to friends out- 
side of the church. 

As before stated, we want to get the paper 
into every family in the Brotherhood, and we 
fee] safe in making the following proposition: 
If all who are able to subscribe and pay for 
the Messenger, will take it, wo will seo to it 
that those who are unable to pay shall get the 
paper free of charge. 

We hope you do not feel like giving up the 
Messenger. We want your name on onr list, 
and we are satisfied that you can not afford to 
do without your church paper. If you are not 
prepared to pay now, arrange to settle for it 
during tho nest six months, and we will gladly 
continue to send the Messenger to you for 

■cling at Coving- 
eleven additi.ui.-. 

Bro. I. D. Parker 
ton, Ohio, on tho 5tl: 
by baptism. 

A Correction.— In No. 1 of GosrEL Messen- 
ger, page i, the treasurer's name for Old Folks' 
Home, Kansas, should bo KEEDYiustend of Ready. 

Bro. J. Gump was expected to begin a series of 
meetings in tho north church near Jewell, Ohio, 
on the 10th iust. One was recently baptized, so 
reports Bro. Simon Long. 

Bno. Henry Frantz, of New Carlisle, Ohio, 
was on the 10th inst., engaged in holding a series 
of meetings at Edna Mills, Clinton Co., Ind. We 
hope to have a report of good meetings. 

Bro. Edmund Forney is holding meetings 
the Cherry Grove church, Carroll Co., 111. 

Mount Morris, 111., 


We continue, according to our rule, to send 
the Messenger to all our subscribers, who have 
paid for the paper for the preceding year. If 
there are any who do not desire the paper 6ent 
to them, they will please drop us a postal card, 
notifying us of the fact, otherwise the paper 
will be sent for the year 1891. We have dis- 
continued all who are in arrears for 1890. We 
hope they will pay up and renew their sub- 
scriptions for the new year. 

We are anxious to retain all of the old sub- 
scribers, and to secure as many new ones as 
possible. The Messenger ought to go into 
every family in the Brotherhood. Every mem- 
ber ought to have access to the church paper. 
Members who do not read the Messenger, are 
not likely to know very much about our church 
work. The paper is filled with church newe, 

The address of Bio. James Burd is Clyde, Cloud 
Co., Kans., instead of Missouri, as heretofore re- 

The meetings at Lanark, 111., where Bro. J. C. 
Murray, of Indiana, is laboring, continue with good 

Bro. Daniel Shively, of New Paris, Ind., is to 
hold meetings this week in the Lower Stillwater 
church, Ohio. 

Bro. David Eby, of the Yellow Creek church, 
Illinois, is holding a series of meetings at Franklin 
Grove, this State. 

Bno. Levi Holsi.nger, of Ladoga, Indiana, will 
conduct a series of meetings at New Enterprise, 
Pa., in the near future. 

Bro. Lewis W. Teeter, at last, report, was 
holding meetings at North Manchester, Ind., with 
gooil interest. Three had been received by bap- 

Bro. S. W. Hoover says: " The good work is 
steadily moving on in the West Dayton church. 
One brother was baptized on the 28th. May the 
Lord bless and keep him active and faithful! Our 
Sunday-school is doing well." 

Brother and sister Hilleiiy are now in 
Marshall Co., Indiana, where they will spend a 
short time visiting relatives. They then go to 
Northern Indiana, where they will spend the 
winter. Bro. Lemuel will labor among the 
churches, wherever his services are wanted. Wo 
are unable at this time to give his address. 

Brethren T. T. Myers and Wilbur Stover spent 
Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, the 9th, 
10th and 11 inst, with the church at Mt. Carroll, 
111. The meetings held were full of interest. 
Three applicants for baptism, and others deeply 

Up to this date nearly §2000.00 has been sent in ^ 
3m the churches in Northern Illinois, for the 
Western sufferers. We are glad to see this evi- 
dence of true Christian love manifested among our 
people, and others, who aro assisting in alleviating , 
human suffering. 

Bro. Enoch Eby is now at McPhersou, Kansas. 
He delivers a series of sermons on the subject of 
Church Government in the Bible School, uow in 
session at McPherson College. We are informed 
that a goodly number of Brethren are in attend- 
ance. We trust much good may result from tho 
efforts of the Brethren to establish the truths of 
tho Gospel. 

Bno. Amick spent Sunday and Monday, the 11th 
and 12th inst, in Chicago, preaching and assisting 
the church in their quarterly council. Bro. W. B. 
Miller was advanced to tho second degree of the 
ministry. The outlook seems to be encouraging. 
One of the difficulties to meet just now, is to se- 
cure a lot on which to build a meeting-house. 
Laud in Chicago is valuable. The committee 
have had a number of lots offered them, ranging 
in price from 1*2,000 upward. It will require- 
considerable more money than is now on hand to 
purchase a lot and complete the building. 

We have completed arrangements with the 
Brown Folding Machine Company, to manufact- 
ure for us a machine to paste, trim and fold the 
Messenger. The new machine will cost $1150.00, 
but wo are assured by the manufacturers, that it 
will do our work in good shape. It will require 
about thirty days to complete the folder, so that in 
about four weeks we expect to send the paper out 
neatly pasted and trimmed. We want to make our 
church paper equal to the best, and we are using 
a good deal of money to put the paper in a con- 
venient form for our readers. We are glad to know 
that our efforts in this direction are appreciated, 
and that our agents aro sending in good lists. 

One of the interesting classes in the Bible 
School, now in session at this place, is Bro. James 
R. Gish's New Testament Class. Among the 
topics studied and freely discussed in the class, 
we note the following: Conversion, Faith, Re- 
pentance, Baptism, Non-conformity to the world a 
Gospel principle, the Best Means for carrying out 
the principle, Charity, Best Methods of holdiug 
Series of Meetings. These questions were con- 
sidered from the Bible stand-point, and many ex- 
cellent thoughts were brought out. All who had 
the privilege of attending the class were well 
pleased with the work, and we believe that much 
good will result from it, 


the Me 

i appears 

In tllo historical sketch, published 
sengeb some time ago, aud which al 
the Almanac for 1891, a typographical error oc- 
curs which may be misleading. In referring to 
the delegated representation at our Annual Meet- 
ing, it is said that churches having more than 
150 members, are entitled to two delegates. This 
should rend, " Churches. having 200 or more mem- 
bers." The error was entirely overlooked, until 
Bro. McCluro very kindly called our attention to 

Bro. D. hi. Price, owing to the serious illness 
o£ his wife, has not been able to go West, as ho 
intended, to take charge of the work oE distributing 
tho money contributed for the relief of the needy 
in Nebraska, Kansas and Dakota. The committee 
having the matter ill hand, have been trying to find 
:somo one to take Bro. Price's place, but have been 
■unable to do so. Excuses aro made, and it seems 
.that no one is willing to do tho work. After con- 
sidering the matter carefully, and looking at it 
from the stand-point of imperative duty, we have 
consented to take Bro. Price's place, and will, 
unless we can prevail on some one else to go, 
start West about tho 20th inst. We can not well 
leave our work here, hut the sufferers must be 
looked after. Tho action of tho District Con- 
ference makes it necessary that some one must go. 
About $2,000 has been raised, and it is important 
that it is properly distributed. Tho plan of dis- 
tribution will be to go into the destitute district, 
appoint responsible agents, and see that a receipt 
is given, with the post-office address of each in- 
dividual or family assisted. In this way those who 
donate, may have the satisfaction of knowing 
that their money has gone directly into the hands 
af those who are needy. 


During the Special Bible Term just now closing 
:at this place, series of sermons were given on 
Church Government, on the Evidences of Chris- 
tianity and on the Scriptural Doctrines, as held by 
the church, each series occupying a school week. 
'The sermons on Church Government were 
preached by Bro J. G. Hoyer. We give our 
readers an outline of one of the lessons, with a very 
brief synopsis of what was said. It seems to us 
that it will bo helpful to any who will give it a care- 
ful study. 


1. Ministers in the New Testament are spoken 
of as being designated by God. Bomans 12: 0, 7; 
Luke 10: 1, 2. 

2. The ministry constitutes a special gift from 
(Christ to the church. Eph. 4: 11, 12. 

The gifts are bestowed by God, and the men 
.chosen aro sent forth by him in answer to tho 
prayers of his people. 

3. The nature of the office, as implied in f 
terms to designate it, requires a divine call. 

Ministers are embassadors for Christ aud ste 
a'rds of God. Hence the miuistry is not to be 
chosen as men choose a profession, consulting their 
own inclination, or their personal interest. It is 
above and beyond inclination and interest. The 
sacred and holy work is entered upon in obedienc< 
to a special call from God through the church. 

4. Errors to be avoided. 

One may conceive that ho has been called to tin 
ministry, when in reality it is nothing more thai 
a preference for the work, induced by literary at 
tainmeuts or some unhallowed ambition. Liter, 
ary attainments or education alone, can never lit 
n man for tho holy calling of a minister. 

Tho call is a divine act, so is regeneration, aud 
in many respects they may be said to be similar. 
The call in regeneration is the work of the Spirit 
in the heart, and this will soon manifest itself in 
the life and conduct oE the individual, aud at once 
every working member of the church becomes in- 
terested for the welfare of the penitent. So if a 
brother is really called by the Lord to be an "am- 
bassador," the distinguishing elements of such a 
call, will be manifested in tho heart and life of the 
individual in such a manner, as to convince the 
church of the truth of the call, and in his provi- 
dence God will open the, way to the work to which 
he has called the brother. There may be neglect 
on the part of the church. 


This is the expressed conviction of the church 
upon two facts, (a) that the harvest truly is great, 
and (b) that here is a brother, who is called to be 
"a laborer." The latter results from manifest 
evidences of his call. The call of the church is 
founded on these evidences in tho life of tho 
brother. Hence the church aud not the individual, 
himself, is the proper judge of his possession of 
the necessary qualifications, and therefore the 
church becomes the medium through which he is 
called. God develops in those whom he calls 
qualifications as follows. Bead 1 Tim. 3: 1-7. 

1. Sound conversion. 

This qualification is vital aud central. A defect 
here is fatal; fatal to both minister and people. 
Think of a spiritually bliud, godless minister, at- 
tempting to guide immortal souls in their pilgrim- 
age from earth to heaven. 

2. The minister must have piety of the highest 

He is to be an example and a leader. An ex- 
ample to believers, a leader to the flock, an example 
in word, careful in spirit and in conversation. 
Here many ministers fail. They are careless as 
to what they say. The life must be pure. He 
must have charity, an abounding love to God, for 
the Brotherhood, and for all men. He must have 
strong faith in God, and be firm in his adherence 
to God aud his Word, and this will be shown in 
his teaching, spirit and life. Literary or rhetoric- 
al qualifications can uot atone for the absence of a 
pure and devotional life. 

3. Sound in the faith. 

He is to both hold fast the form of sound words, 
2 Tim. 1 : 13, aud to " speak the things which be- 
come sound doctrine. Tit. 2:1. A man who is 
unsettled in his convictions of religious truth, has 
no rightful plaee in the ministry of the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ. 

5. Adequate mental training and Scriptural 

He is to study to show- himself approved unto 
God, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. As his 
chief work is public instruction, mental gifts and a 
careful discipline of the mind are very important 
aids to make his ministry instructive and effective. 

5. Aptness to teach coupled with good judgment. 

God's AVord is to be committed only to " faith- 
ful men, who shall be able to teach others also!" 
Men who not only have ability to talk, but who 
are apt to teach; able to impart to others what 
they know and feel themselves. This qualifica- 
tion is all important, great learning aloue will not 
suffice; there must be the gift of teaching. 

6. A good report from those who are without. 

A minister can not escape opposition. If faith- 
ful in reproving and rebuking sin, wherever found, 
he may oxperiouco bitter poi'Beoution] but, in tho 

purity and integrity of personal character, he is to 
have a good report among those outside of the 
church. No suspicion of dishonesty or of un- 
truthfulness must rest upon the minister. 


1. He accepts, as Scriptural, the doctrines and 
actices of the church, and places himself under 

the most sacred obligations to defend them. IE 
his convictions do not permit him to fully and un- 
reservedly uphold the doctrine and practices of the 
church, ho is untrue to himself and to the church 
in accepting the offiGe. In this case mental reser- 
vation will not avail, for God knows the heart, 
and there is no escape from the charge oE dis- 
honesty resting upon the man who accepts the 
holy calling to the ministry, when ho is not in 
sympathy with the faith and practices oE the 
church that calls him. 

2. Should his views materially change, lie is 
under obligation to resign. 

He is entitled to full freedom of personal con- 
viction and action, but he has no right to continue 
to preach for a church, in whose doctrines he due:; 
uot believe, and this, because tho essential condi- 
tions upon which he was called, and upon which 
he accepted the call, ( i. e. ) that the doctrines and 
practices of the church are Scriptural, have, so far 

he is concerned, ceased to exist, and every con- 
sideration of honor requires him to withdraw. 
Indeed, he can not be honest aud pursue any other 
course. It is difficult to conceive of a more dis- 
honorable position, than that a minister, who, 
having accepted the sacred office oE a teacher of 
the doctrine and practices oE the Gospel, as under- 
stood by the church, and afterward having changed 
his mind, still retains that office, only to subvert 
the doctrines he had placed himself under obliga- 
tions to teach and defend. 

3. He should stand by the church in adversity, 
as well as in prosperity. 

This statement is self-evident, and will com- 
mend itself to all. 

1. By habitually going to the Lord in secret 
prayer. By secret devotion, by close communion 
with God; this calls down from heaven the sacred 
fire, which aloue can kindle the heart. 

2. By applying to his own soul the truths ho 
preaches to others. He thus opens his own heart 
to the power of the Gospel, and will bo induced to 
practice what he preaches. 

3. By self-surrender aud entire consecration to 
Christ aud his work. 

Christ, in his conversation with Peter, when he 
asked him three times, "Lovest thou me?" - 
taught for all ages that personal love to him is the 
primary condition for the sacred office. Without 
this consecration and personal love for the Master, 
the minister's life and work will be without spirit- 
ual power. With it his soul will be filled with 
love not only for God, but for all men. 

4. By constantly looking fo heaven for his re- 

Tho minister who looks to the church or to the 
world for his reward, has a low ideal. He must 
make sacrifices, and his reward is from above. 
With eyes lifted to heaven, the best of all books 
in his hands, the law of truth written on his lips, 
the world behind his back, he stands pleading with 
men, pointing them to Christ, a crown of -eld 
hanging over his head, his eveiln 
faithfulness in his holy culling. 


J nil. 20, 1891. 

Missionary and Tract Work Department. 

Organization of Missionary Gontniittce. 

Daniel Yanimax, Foren 
D. L. Miller, Treasurer, 
Galen- B. Rovi, Secrets 

McPhei-son, Kans. 

Mt. Morris, 111 

• ML Morris, III. 

Organization cf Book and Tract Work. 

S. W. Hoover, Foreman, 

S. Bock, Secretary aiul Trcasun 

'All tlf.nmi ■ 

j,- 1!. Rover, Mt. Morris. Ill, 

-All money lot tract V, i : should I 



VA e become better ourselves when we help oth- 
ers to a higher and nobler life. 

No man ever did any good to any one except by 
sacrificing self; it is the universal law of atone- 
ment. — _V. B. Anderson. 


Some one whose address is Piu-nell City, Noda- 
way Co., Mo., has ordered a few of the Missionary 
Keports but forgot to put his name to tho order. 
"We are unable to till the order until we hear fi-om 
the person again. 

Liberal giving sanctities labor, and seems to 
lift us up from material to spiritual things. In 
giving m , •„, the good work the 

portion of their lives which has been spent in 
earning the money. — David Gregg. 

When we reach the bar of God, it may be re- 
vealed to many tin I it is by far more difficult to 
use rightly the things we gain in this world, thau 
to obtain them. Although too late, will it not be 
a sad revelation to those who had but consecrated 
it not? 

The churches in California seem to bo wide 
awake on Lome mission work. Recently we re- 
ceived an order for over 200 copies of the Mission 
Eeport for that District It is the aim of the Mis- 
sion B.j,. to place one copy of the 
Eeport in the bands of each brother and sister. 
They mean to work up missionary sentiment, and 
they will do it. We 6 sure ii would do -very 

brother herhood good to 

read the n 

I wonder how many of our dear brethren and 
sisters, - ■ church privileges and do 

not seem to appreciate them, would remain as 
ttSBitai a sister who writes from 

8011,6 1'< This is her letter: "In- 

; Era : I, -id's treas- 
ury- ! i has not heard the Breth- 
ren preach for many years." If members, sur- 

rounded by every inducement to keep them close 
to Christ, forsake him, oh, what must be the fnitb- 
iulneis of that one who is denied all and yet man- 
ifests such interest in the work! Does she not 
iml many of us to shame? 



ebody i 


If a doctor should tell you that sc 
rica, about whom you kuew nothing, 
likely to die, it would scarcely affect you much; 
but if he should come and lay his fingers on your 
pulse, and tell you you were ill, and could only 
live a few hours, it would affect you very serious- 


If I were to tell you that there were families iu 
your community that ore ignorant of the Bible, 
who had never heard of Jesus and his love, some 
of you would go and tell them about him, and if 

ids of so 

they were in w 

dreds and ihoti 
in, who have never heai 
primitive purity, who ai 
of Life, and are standin 
welcome the 

you would give liberally to re- 
ies, but when I tell you of hun- 
• in East Yirgm- 
e Gospel in its 
; for (he Bread 
doors, ready to 
you are not so 

anxious about them, — they aro too far from home. 

Distance seems to diminish our interest and 
lessen our zeal. Besides, missions cost something 
and they are objectionable on that ground. As 
soon as the subject is mentioned, many have 
gloomy visions of the collection basket. Many 
men fJiuch if you touch their pocket. Many are 
ever ready to give their sympathy and good will 
to every good work, but not their money, and, as 
missions cost something, many do not care to hear 
much about them. It is an unpopular subject. 

Missionary work is certainly a duty that Christ 
has enjoined upon his church. Missionary work 
will always be necessary, as long as there shall re- 
main on earth a human being who has not heard 
of a dying Savior's love. 

Let us consider, then, the importance of mis- 
sions and our duty regarding them. The impor- 
tance is shown: 

1. By the meaning of the word. Mission im- 
plies an act of sending or being sent. In the 
sense in which" we use it, it means sending the 
Gospel to those who have not heard it. As the 
arteries receive the blood from the heart and con- 
vey it to every portion of the body, so missions 
are the great avenues through which the Gospel, 
receiving its first impulse from the heart of Jesus, 
flows to every country and to every creature. 

2. The origin of missionary work proves its im- 
portance. Is this the work of God, or is it of 
men? The first missionary was John the Baptist, 
Mai. 3:1. "Behold, I will send my messenger, 
and he shall prepare the way before me." For 
whom did John prepare the way? For the true 
and great missionary from heaven,— Jesus Christ, 
the Redeemer of the world— for he says it himself. 
"For God sent not his Son into the world to con- 
demn the world, but that the world through him 
might be saved." Jesus sends forth the seventy, 
Luke 10: 1-3, and when the mission of Christ was 
ended, he goes back to his Father, but not until 
he has sent forth other missionaries with the great 
commission, " Go ye into all the world and preach 
tin' Gospel to every creature." 

Soon after this we find that all the church at 
Jerusalem were scattered abroad, preaching the 
Word. We find Philip preaching to the Ethiopi- 
an; Peter, to the Roinan soldier and his house- 
hold; and far down at Anlioch, in Syria, three 
hundred miles from Jerusalem, somebody had 
been preaching, a church is established, and one 
day, while they were worshiping, they set apart 

two men, Paul and Barnabas, to go still further on 
into heathen lands and preach the Gospel. The 
work goes on, grandly and gloriously and mighti- 
ly, as we find recorded by Luke in the history of 
missions, commonly known as the Acts of the 

The Bible is a missionary book, and the origin 
of missions ought to bo sufficient guaranty of the 
importance of the work. It is tho cause which 
Christ loved, and for which he Jived, and labored, 
and died. 

3. The progress of missions sets forth its im- 
portance. When two of the first missionaries, 
Peter and John, were arrested aud brought to tri- 
al, a learned ruler said to the judges, "Ye men of 
Israel, refrain from these men and let them alone; 
if this work be of men it will come to naught, if it 
be of God ye can not overthrow it." As we have 
already seen that missions are the work of God, 
should we not be very assiduous in the glorious 
work of saving perishing souls? 

4 Think of the vast multitudes of finite beings 
who have never heard a saving Gospel! Gross 
darkness hangs like a pall over the earth. The 
world's only hope is the light of the Gospel. 
Through mission work that light must go and can 
only go. Need I say more of the importance of 
missions? If a cause which originated in the 
mind of God, and for which his own Son gave his 
life; a cause in whichits glorious march through the 
earth has scattered the blessings of peace, and 
joy, and love, all along its shining track, and 
through which perishing souls have been rescued 
from eternal doom, a cause which reaches forth its 
arms to bless and redeem the whole world —if 
such a cause as this is not of the greatest impor- 
tance to man, then God has wasted his love upon 
the human race, and Jesus Christ has shed his 
blood in vain. 

But what is our duty in this work o£ missions? 
It is our duty to support them. 

1. The true spirit of religion is the spirit of 
missions. As soon as we have heard the word of 
peace and pardon, we want to tell it to somebody 
else. Don't you recollect the old song, 

You can't keep it, you must tell it, -and as soon 
as you begin to tell it, you begin to be a mission- 
ary, whether you tell it here or in China. Chris- 
tianity is unselfish; it is for everybody, for the 
world! "The Spirit and the bride say, Come. 
Aud let him thatheareth say, Come. And let him 
that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him 
take the water of life freely." 

2. Again, we should support missions because 
it is a duty we owe to ourselves. It destroys self- 
ishness, which is an enemy of Christianity. It en- 
larges the heart. Your soul feeds upon that pre- 
cious truth, It is more blessed to give than to re- 
ceive. You are lending to the Lord, — laying up 
treasures in heaven! 

3. It is a duty to our fellow-men. None of us 
liveth to himself. The day of account will come 
after a while, and God will ask you, Where is thy 
brother? The blood of his soul crieth against 
thee. You had tho Gospel; you knew he was per- 
ishiug and you would not send it to him. Oh, for 
the voice that smote the soul of the murderer 
Cain, to wake up the churches and urge them to 
action iu this great work! 

"Whosoever shall call upon the name of the 
Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call 
ou him in whom they have not believed? and how 
shall they believo in him of whom they have not 
heard? and how shall they hear without a preach- 
er? And how shall they preach, except they be 
sent?" Another question comes up, Who is to do 
this sending, if it is not the church? 

20, 1891. 


4. But, most of all, it is our duty to Christ. 
" Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel 
to every creature." This is enough. Jesus es- 
tablished missions and lays it upon us to support 

I have set before you the importance of mis- 
sions and our duty to support them. May the 
Lord help every one to fall into line in the support 
of this important work! How shall this be done? 
"We should preach the Gospel in our every-day 
lives. Perhaps God has already said to some 
youug brethren and sisters what he said to Paul: 
" I have chosen yon to send you far hence to the 
Gentiles." Mako it a subject of serious thought 
and prayer, and then say with Paul, " Lord, what 
wilt thou have me to do?" When Isaiah heard 
the voieo of the Lord, "Whom shall I send?" he 
replied, " Here am I; send me." But if you can 
not carry the Gospel, you can send it. Some of 
you feel that you would like to tell the grand old 
story of the Cross to every sinner on the globe, 
but you can not go. Well, yon can stay at home 
and work, and send supplies to the soldiers who 
are battling in the army of the Lord. You can 
teach missions in your Sunday-school, talk it in 
your prayer-meeting, and pray for it. Give free- 
ly of your means, for the Lord loveth a cheerful 

To every one I make this solemn api>eal, Do all 
you cau to send the Gospel throughout the world. 
The Macedonian calls are coming from all parts 
of the country. The cry is heard from isolated 
churches and froin wretched hearts and families, 
" Come and help us!" "Come, and bring us the 
Bread of Life! " Shall we sit with folded hands, 
and turn a deaf ear to these momenkius calls? 

Dulinsvitte, Va. 



To some of our brethren and sisters the ben- 
efit of publications in tract form does not si 
apparent, hence we try to call their thought to 
that subject in a brief address through the Mes- 

A tract is a brief address in written or printed 
form, in which the minds of its readers are called 
to the leading and most important points upon 
the one subject, aud these having been obtained 
and set forth by the author, with such reflections 
as he may offer, will often do much to direct and 
influence the minds of others upon the subject 
presented. More plainly is this effect seen upon 
topics that are new or but partially investigated 
by the readers. Mauy who have given the sub- 
ject uo thought before, are thus led to think of it, 
and to consider the reasons and facts given in its 
favor. Others who have desired to investigate 
the subject, but whose circumstances did not allow 
them opportunity, can, in this way, obtain with- 
out cost and with no loss of time or labor, what 
would otherwise have taken both time and money 
to obtain, besides labor and time to acquire by 
study from books, what is given in tract form for 
nothing. This way is easy and its burden is light. 

While the tract proves a benefit to its author in 
collecting aud giving the facts and arguments pre- 
sented, and with cost, time, aud labor for only the 
one, the thoughts and facts given prove a benefit 
to scores of others who could have obtained it in 
no other way. The labor and timo of the one, 
thus spent iu study and presenting the thought in 
its abridged form, is thus made food without cost 
for thousands, and for years to come. In this 
form a work aud its fruit may be given to all, that 
could bo done by no other method. 

Take, for example, the small tract, put forth 
some years ago, by our dearly beloved brother, 

Eld. James Quinter, late of Huntingdon, Pa., aud 
entitled: "The Oiugin and History of Single 
Immersion." Tho facts therein given, were ob- 
ined and presented by him for the benefit of the 
tire Brotherhood and for the benefit of all who 
will receive them. They have already changed 
the minds of not a few on that subject, and will 
continue so to work for ages to come, but these 
facts not many of us could have gotten, had wo 
sought them hence would likely never have been 
known by us without tho time and labor of Bro. 
Quinter, but now wo can know them for tho time 
it takes to read them. 

Another benefit that tracts give us is this: The 
doctrines and commandments of the New Testa- 
ment, all of which are loved so dearly by our 
Brotherhood, when collected and presented in 
tract form, are in this way given, one by one, to 
the masses and from these to others who would, 
in no other way, know the faith of the Brethren, 
and in uo other way be led to read the Bible with- 
out these. Large books, iu this day, are but little 
bought and but little read, even if given to us. 
In this day of daily papers and news from all tho 
world, we can not induce the masses to study tho 
doctrines of tho Bible without first touching the 
people with a sharp point of truth, so as to lead 
them to read the Bible. This can be done by 
tracts and also by preaching. 

"HERE AM I; SEND ME."-Isa, 6: 8. 


What was the primary cause, that Isaiah should 
express himself in the language of our text? Be- 
cause one, having a live coal in his hand, which 
he had taken with the tongs from the altar, 
touched the lips of the prophet, and said to him, 
" Thine iniquity is taken away and thy sin 
purged." Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord, say- 
ing, "Whom shall' I send, and who will go for us?" 
Ho said, " Here am I; send me." 

Would to God that tho church had many Isa- 
iahs! Does not every local church hear the voice 
of the Lord through some of our Brethren on the 
frontiers and isolated places, — even across the At- 
lantic Ocean, — to send some brother with the glad 
tidings of great joy? I believe that we have many 
brethren who are qualified for the work as far as 
expounding or preaching is concerned, but who 
are financially unable to carry the burden. 

"But," says a brother, " in the days of Christ 
the question was asked, 'Lacked ye anythir 
and they said, ' No.' " My answer is, " The days 
of miracles are past. I do not believe the preach- 
er's corn will grow any larger than his lay broth- 
er's, uuless he plow it more." 

Looking at tho matter from a spiritual stand- 
point, I verily believe that nearly all our preach- 
ers in tho United States ere willing to confess 
that we stand in need of having our lips touched 
with a coal from the altar. It qualified the proph- 
et Isaiah to exclaim, " Here am I; send me." 

Last October I stayed all night with a deacon 
in Prince William County, Virginia, with whom I 
talked about our children being so slow about 
coming into the church. He thought that one 
great cause was, we do not have our conversation 
seasoned with salt. He said that his oldest sor 
got very much disgusted in hearing two elders en- 
gage in jokes, foolishness, and lightmindedness. 

Brethren, the above impressed my mind with 
the necessity of a reformation among at least 
some of us. I want to profit by those remarks 
and avoid unbecoming conversation. We are liv- 
ing epistles, known and read of all men. By the 
grace of God we can work up to tho line and 
plummet, and then we can say, " Here am I; send 

I do not wish to be understood that I am aspir- 
ing to be sent out. I am past my threescore 
years, and physically and mentally am not tho 
man. I propose that the old-time preachers watch 
the enemy about home, and that we send our 
young brethren who have proved themselves men 
of tho Lord,— workmen that need not be ashamed. 
Let the church see to it thai the minister is not 
neglected, but properly cared for by those who lay 
a heavy burden upon him! 

Good's Mill, Va. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

Five Soldiers for Christ. — The members at 
Wichita, Kaus., had an interesting series of nieet- 
froui Dec. 14 to 28. Bro. Paid Wetzel was 
with us during the latter part of our meetings. 
Five precious souls were made to rejoice in tho 
God of their salvation, and are now enrolled 
among the believers.— T. B. Young, Dec. 2S. 

Fulfillment of Prophecy. — On page 771 in I 
the last volume of Messenger, Bro. J. H. Moore 
asks for a prophecy concerning people traveling 
through the air. We would call the attention of 
all interested to Isa. 60: 8. Please notice the con- 
nection in which the prophet speaks of the resto- 
ration of Israel, and possibly Rev. 12: 14 may 
have reference to the coming air ship.— Isaac Deli. 

Two Accessions. — Dec. 27, Bro. Abraham Wolf 
came to hold several meetings for us at the Black 
school-house, near Eldon, Wapello County, Iowa, 
The meetings were soul-cheering to all, and two 
precious souls resolved to turn to the Lord aud 
acknowledge him in baptism. Ministers are in- 
vited to stop with us, iu passing by. Those in- 
tending to come, will please address me as above, 
a few days prior to arrival, so that I may meet 
them at the depot.— A. B. Miller. 

Enjoyable Love-feast. — The members at Ne- 
vada, Wyandot Co., Ohio, had a pleasant love- 
feast Oct. 23. Though we have no minister in 
this congregation, yet we had a good ministerial 
force on that occasion. Brethren J. 0. McMullen, 
L. H. Dickey, S. B. Thomas, J. B. Light aud S. 
M. Looso were with us aud labored earnestly. 
The last-named brother is our elder. We expect 
to begin a series of meetings Jan. 17, and ask the 
prayers of all, that tho Lord may bless our offorts, 
— Catharine Cook, Jan. 6. 

Four Added to the Fold.— A very pleasant 
series of meetings closed on New Tear's evening 
in the. Bethel church, Kosciusko Co. Ind., con- 
ducted by Bro. Davis Younce. During the meet- 
ings the church was much strengthened, three 
were baptized, one was restored, aud there is one 
more applicant. Our quarterly council took place 
Jan. 3. The meeting was well attended, and, 
though there was considerable business before the 
meeting, all was disposed of in a Christian spirit. 
May God bless Zion every-where!— W. B. Deeler. 

One Addition.— The members of the Locust 
Grove church, Linganore, Md., have just closed 
an interesting series of meetings, which com- 
menced Dec. 13, and continued until the 28th. 
The meetings were conducted by elders L. Pfoutz 
and John Trostle, of Pennsylvania, and our home 
minister, S. H. Utz. As a result of their faithful 
labor, one dear lamb was added to the fold, and 
others almost persuaded. May the day hasten 
when others may come to Christ and be saved! 
The brethren and sisters were much encouraged 
and earnestly admonished to live faithful until 
death. May God's grace sustain us all, and keep 
us from the evils of the world!— M. K. Eeker, Dec. 


Good Opening fob Preaching. — The attention 
of our ministers, desiring to work for the Master 
at a new point, is called to Maj ivil e, DeKalb Co., 
Mo. Our advantages here are excellent, and the 
prospects for building up a church are quite 
favorable. Who will be the drat to bo with us? 
— Soss Jlallcriiiau. Jan. 4. 

Sad Accident. —Dec. 13, when Mr. John Shnfer 
and wife were returning home from Mishawalio, 
Lid, late at night, they were struck by the train, 
while crossing the Lake Shore E. ft., and instant- 
ly killed. Thus, in a moment i of time, two of our 
neighbors have been called away to the realities 
of an unseen world. — H. M. Seliwalm. 

Cokkectio.w— In the obituary column of Gosi'EL 
Messenger, No 1 read "Joseph Overholser," in- 
stead of " Bro. Joseph Overholser." In the no- 
tice, referring to the death of Harvey Melvin 
Morningstor, the name of the congregation should 
be Yellow Creek congregation, Elkhart Co., Ind., 
instead of the place that was given. — Lizzie A. 

Four. Additions. —The members of the Owl 
Creek church, Knox Co., Ohio, enjoyed an inter- 
esting series of meetings by Bro. D.*M. Irvin, of 
Orrville, Ohio. His faithful labors were continued 
from Nov. 22 to Dec. 15, and resulted in four ad- 
ditions to the church by baptism. The church is 
greatly strengthened, and our prayer is that the 
labors of our brother may result in lasting benefit 
to us all.— S. J. Workman. 

Three Souls Bkought to the Truth. — The 
Lick Creek church, near Bryan, Ohio, had a 
pleasant series of meetings from Dec. 13 to 2S. 
Bro. Isaiah Bairigh, of Woodland, Mich., did the 
preaching, and, by his earnest labors much good 
was accomplished. Three dear souls left the 
ranks of Satan, and others are seriously consider- 
ing. Our quarterly council, Dec. 27, passed off 
pleasantly. A collection was taken for the Book 
and Tract Work.— J/. J. Bosscrmtin. 

Eastward Bound. — We have now reached 
Libertwille, Jefferson Co., Iowa, on our trip to 
the East, While enjoying good health, we are 
also having interesting meetings with our dear 
brethren and sisters. After visiting a few points 
in Iowa, we will reach Mount Morris in time to 
take in at least some of the Bible work. From 
Mount Morris we go to Cerro Gordo, HI., then to 
Monticello, Ind, and adjoining churches, spend- 
ing some time at each place.— John S. and Susan 

Lx the Field.— During the Holidays I took a 
trip to the Hound Mountain church, Washington 
Co., Ark. While with them, we had good meet- 
ings, with excellent attention and attendance. 
Bro. D. B. Gripe has left them for Oklahoma, and 
now they are somewhat lonely. There are about 
thirty members there. They' have a commodious 
meeting-house, partly finished; their limited cir- 
cumstances prevent them from completing the 
house. We may, perhaps, locate with those 
brethren in the near future.— Samuel Weimer, 
Jan. 10. 

New Field for Mission Work.— Nothing has 
ever been published in the Messenger from this, 
the country surrounding Cameron, Idaho. Cli- 
mate and soil here are excellent and Brethren, 
seeking new locations, could benefit both them- 
selves as well as the cause of onr Blessed Master, 
by taking up their abode with us. There are 
three members her- now, and others, no doubt, 
will come if the proper effort is put forth. Trains 
will soon be running from hen I.. Kendriei 
Idaho,, |, 

We hope some one will come to gather the 
ripening harvest.— Enoch Faw, Dec. gs, 

I In Good Workinc Order. — The Wichita 
church, Kansas, is at work for tho Lord. Meet- 
ings are held at Fairmont Hall, Wichita, on the 
east end of tho street ear line, on the second and 
fourth Sunday of each month. Ministering 
brethren, passing through the city, are invited to 
stop and preach. — Wm. Johnson, Jan. 10. 

A Pleasant Cotjnoil.— The Little Traverse 
church, Emmet Co., Mich., assembled for church 
council Jan. :-!. All business was disposed of 
pleasantly. Though we are few in number at this 
place, yet we feel encouraged to press our way on- 
ward, and meet bravely the battles of life, so that, 
when we have conquered the last foe, we may 
enter into our rest. At the above council one 
sister, who had walked with us for some time, 
concluded to remain with us no longer, preferring 
to return to the beggarly elements of the world. — 
L. B. Wilcox, Jan. 7. 

Refreshing Meetings. — The good work is still 
progressing in the Belleville church, Kans. Bro. 
C. Brown, of Thomas County, came to us Sept. 
21, and labored for us until the 30th. As the re- 
sult of his efforts one soul was brought to the 
knowledge of the Truth. We also had a series of 
meetings near Republic City, in the bounds of this 
congregation, and shortly afterward another series 
neetings, that caused great and earnest in- 
quiry concerning the matter presented. Large 
crowds of people came out to hear the Truth. Bro. 
wn's labors were very much appreciated at that 
place. There are only two families of the Breth- 
n living near the place where the meetings were 
Id. There were no accessions, but undoubtedly 
>od was done. — Lizzie Hilary, Jan. 0. 


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The Brethren's and the Lancaster Hymn Books. 

Bro. D. L. Miller, in Iris editorial correspond- 
ence, in No. 47 of GosrEL Messenger, refers to 
the Eastern churches which use the Lancaster 
Hyrnn Book, and expresses a degree of satisfac- 
tion since the Brethren's Hymn Book is gaining 

It is truly to be regretted that the Brethren's 
Hymn Book was so objectionable, but ifc is more 
to be regretted that, instead of appealing to An- 
nual Meeting for redress, an independent book 
was compiled and published, and is used by a 
number of Eastern churches. 

The first appeal to the Eastern Pennsylvania 
District Meeting was made in 1873 in the follow- 
ing query: 

"Could nol the District Met ting get up a better Hymn Book 
to supply the wants of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania? 
Many are not satisfied with the new edition (meaning the 
Brethren's Hymn Eook) especially the German." 

District, but think tha 

one or more churche 

join to 

gether lo get up a Ge 

man Hymn Book, to 


any de 

ficiency they may see 

if they see proper, but a 

s a pri 

fate en 

The writer must testify that one, at least, who 
gave his consent to that answer, had not as good 
forethoughts as he had afterthoughts. The thing 
grew. The great argument for this independent 
book all along, has been that Annual Meeting 
"does not respect our petition." Auy brother or 
sister can readily see that this argument, if it may 
bi called such, was always premature, for no ap- 
peal to Annua! Meeting has over been made. 
This is written in love to stir up the pure minds, 

Tho Tulpehocken church, in which the writer 
has his membership, never accepted the Lancaster- 
Book. The churches all around us have it. This 
put us in a rather unfavorable and unenviable di- 
lemma at our love-feasts. The ministering breth- 
ren around us, come to our feast aud do not in the- 
least respect this church nor the Brethren's Hymn 
Book, — though ignoraiitly, I presume. Probably- 
half of our members have the Brethren's Hyrnn 
Book, aud then, when a hymn is announced from 
another book, which is not acknowledged by the 
Brotherhood,— how is this? 

Tho Brethren's Hymn Book is objectionable,, 
but so is the Lancaster Book. The Laucaster 
Book had a revision already, and an appeal was- 
made for another. Revisions of the Brethren's. 
Hymn Book are as readily at hand as they are of 
the Lancaster Book. In conclusion I will say 
that Tulpehocken has prospered with the Breth- 
ren's Hymn Book, numerically and spiritually, 
and if every other thing were proportionately as. 
good, we would have prospered more. 

Geo. Bucheb. 

KlcinfcJdersville, Pa. 

Erom Osceola, Iowa. 

Dec. 20, Bro. J. D. Haughtelin began a series 
of meetings at, what is known as, the Bonney 
school-house in the sonth-east corner of Madison 
County, four and one-half miles from the writer's 
home. The weather was fine, the roads good and 
the house crowded. 

Dec. 24, onr dear elder, Bro. L. M. Kob and 
wife came to us, and that evening two precious 
souls came forward and announced their willing- 
ness to walk in the way of the Lord. Bro. 
Haughtelin remained and preached until the even- 
ing of Dec. 28, when he returned home, bearing 
with him the well wishes of Ihe entire community. 
After another discourse by Bro. Kob, we thought. 
best to close the meeting, feeling that we were 
greatly comforted and blessed by the brethren's 
efforts. Our little band is in love and union. 
One was baptized in October and one, who had 
stepped aside, confessed her fault and was fully 
restored during our Brethren's stay with us. 

One strange feature at this place was, although 
services had been held for years within two miles 
of this place, there were some who never heard 
the Brethren preach until last spring, when the 
writer began preaching once each month for them. 
There are, in this vicinity, several good citizens 
who manifest considerable sympathy for the cause 
and wo trust that, ere long, they may become fully 
persuaded to walk in the "narrow way." 

One important factor in awakening such an in- 
terest at this point was an interesting Sunday- 
school, superintended by Bro. Jacob Keffer, which 
closed Dec. 28, with the expectation of opening 
again next spring. Wo are alone in the ministry 
aud greatly need help. Ministering brethren, 
passing over the C. B. & Q. road will please re- 
member us and, by notifying the writer, will be 
gladly met at Osceola. Those passing over the 
D. M. K. road, by informing Bro. Jacob Keffer, 
New Virginia, Iowa, will be met there or at Truro. 
We solicit the prayers of God's children in behalf 
of the cause here. W. W. Folger, 

McPherson Notes. 

The year 1890 closed like a calm midsummer 
day, or a benediction after prayer. The balmy 
days of autumn lingered long in the lap of 
winter, and we, here in sunny Kansas, could not 
realize the severity of the storms in Oklahoma 
or tho snow throe feet deep in Virginia. In tho 
school everything moved along like clock-work. 
Days, weeks, and months, seemed very short un- 
til the Holidays were upon us, and we were called 

Jan. 20, 1891. 



'on to stop a week from our usual labors. So 
quietly had the work been done in the church 
service, in the Sunday school, iu the prayei-meet 
ing, and at the school family altar, in the morning 
and evening, that none of us fully knew the work- 
ings of the Spirit. "Thou canst not tell whence 
it cometh or whither it goeth." 

Some thought we had made a great mistake 
riot having a series of meetings, and we had about 
made up our minds that we should see no fruits 
this year, but the Lord ordered otherwise. Dec, 
21 an invitation was given after morning services 
and eight dear young souls came over to the 
Lord's side. Two o'clock was appointed for the 
examination and instruction of the candidates for 
heaven, and when we met, the number was eleven, 
who were buried with Christ and arose in new- 
ness of life. At the evening services two more 
came forth, and Dec. 23 three were received into 
fellowship, making fourteen in all, who had been 
drinking from the fountain of life. 

Jan. 3, we had our council-meeting, when one 
who had wandered from the fold, eame back and 
Was received. Two old members, who had lived 
away from the Brethren for twenty-sis years, and 
have carried their church letter with them, were, 
after due examination, received into fellowship 
with us. About tweuty old members have now 
made McPherson their home, and others are look- 
ing forward to the time when they can cast their 
lot with us. 

The Bible IN ormal is now in session ; the attend- 
ance is very good, so near the begiuuing. All 
are deeply interested in the work of each day and 
the sermon each night. This evening the subject 
of tha discourse was, "The qualification of the 
missionaries." The first qualification named was 
Jove. Paul, Peter and John were called up as 
witnesses to prove this point. A heart, filled with 
love to God and man, can endure what Paul did. 
Knowledge of God's Word was also mentioned, 
aud a stirriiig appeal was made in behalf of mis- 
sionary work. We wish every member in our 
whole Brotherhood could have heard it. Eld. 
Daniel Vaniman has this part of our work in 
charge. S. Z. Sharp. 

Vacation Notes. 

"We were permitted to spend Holiday vacation 
at home,— West Dayton, Ohio. It was the most 
pleasant one of our life, probably becauso homo 
becomes dearer the louger we are away from it. 

We enjoyed the regular services in the new 
church. The band of. workers there is active, re- 
alizing that there is a great ripe field around 
them, ready for the harvest, but the reapers are 

The important question with them is, What 
means can they employ to advance the true prin- 
ciples of the Gospel most rapidly? As one of 
these, they have an evergreen Sunday-school. 
From the organization,— about seventeen months 
ago,— it has gradually increased, and is wide- 
awake in every department. Bro. Elson, the Su- 
perintendent, takes hold of the work with vigor. 
Much depends upon the Superintendent of a city 
school which has few church members; but, judg- 
ing from its prosperity, Bro. Elson is the right 
man for his position. He is assisted by Bro. 
Womboldt, and able teachers, among whom are the 
four deacons and two wives. Not many churches 
have all their deacons for teachers. 

They also have an interesting teachers' meeting, 
which every school ought to have. The teacher 
is but half prepared who has not attended some 
such meeting. 

We mention the Sunday-school particularly be- 
cause, through this medium, much good may be 
done. Many children of parents, strangers to our 
doctrine, are interested in the school. We want 

to encourage all the workers to strive faithfully to 
plant the purest seed of the Gospel in their young 

Space will not allow us to write of other import- 
ant features of the church's work in that big city. 

As all the churches, especially in the cities, 
need encouragement, West Dayton asks for the 
prayers of the Brotherhood in her behalf. A 
heavy burden rests on her two ministers. Hold 
up their hands to God in your prayers! 

0. Perry Hoover. 

Ml Morris, III. 

Treasurer's Report. 

The following is a report of the money received 
for the Nebraska, Kansas and Dakota sufferers, 
up to this date: 

Kock Biver church, Lee Co., 111., $584 65 

Silver Creek church, Ogle Co., 111., 261 00 

Pine Creek church, Ogle Co., 111., 200 00 

West Branch church, Ogle Co., III., 192 50 

Lanark church, Carroll Co., Ill, 122 60 

Cherry Grove church, Carroll Co., 111., ... 100 00 
Yellow Creek church, Stephenson Co., 111., 92 25 

Maple Grove church, Ohio, 36 61 

Arnold's Grove church, Carroll Co , III., . . 27 20 
Milledgeville church, Carroll Co., 111., .... 20 00 
J. S. Pebler, Jennings, La., 5 00 

We wish to say that this money has not all been 
given by the members of our church, but many 
others have also given quite liberally. 

All those who feel like helping the needy may, if 
they choose, send their donations to me and I 
will gladly forward the same to Bro. D. L. Miller 
who will attend to the proper distribution of the 
funds and look after the wants of the needy 
will acknowledge all funds received through the 
Messenger. Daniel R. Price, 

Oregon, III, Jan. 9. Treasurer. 

A Voice from the East. 

During the latter part of last year, I was per- 
mitted to see the Pacific Coast, and meet with 
many of like precious faith. Upon my return 
home, I found plenty of work to do for the Mas- 
ter. I spent some time in holding meetings, and 
such as were willing to accept the whole counsel 
of God, were baptized. 

I had intended to go to West Virginia in church 
work by Dec. 25, but the deep snow that blockad- 
ed the road, prevented me from going, so that I 
had to defer my trip for the present. 

On New Year's Day we had our council. The 
weather being unpleasant, there was :i small at- 
tendance, but we did what we could. We had an. 
appeal for help from Bro. D. Wanipler, of Idaho, 
to which we responded. 

The churches in Virginia have a great many 
poor to care for, of which many churches know 
nothing. We have been trying, for the last ten 
years, to get a home for the needy ones, which, I 
think, is a timely move. We were surprised to 
find the many objections to such an enterprise, 
but we, at last, succeeded in getting the consent 
of District Meeting to appoint three brethren to 
formulate a plan. My prayer is that the work 
may succeed! 

I am sometimes made to wonder how any broth- 
er or sister eotdd oppose such a work. It would 
afford a good opportunity for all to lay up treas- 
ure in heaven. Such a work would stand aud do 
good when we are gone. I hope the Brethren of 
the Second District of Virginia will give this a 
prayerful thought till District Meeting, so we 
might all work to get a home for the homeless. 

The old Flat Bock church in Virginia is hold- 
ing its owu. Perhaps we, as ministers, might 
have done more, and I hope we may, in this new 
year, try to improve in this direction. There are 

many places in Virginia where help is needed, 
and wo have brethren to do the work, but our 
mission work is somewhat deficient. I hope wo 
may, in the future, work together for good, so that 
the borders of Zion may be enlarged. 

Samuel H. Myers. 
Timberville, Va., Jan. 8. 

From the Hocona Church, Texas. 

Our quarterly council, Jan. 3, passed off pleas- 
antly. There was not much business before the 
meeting, but all was disposed of, we hope, in a 
satisfactory manner. Part of the business was to 
appoint a correspondent for the Messexger, which 
duty was placed upon tlio wi-iter. 

On Sunday, Jan. 4, at 11 A. M., Eld. A. Molsbee 
delivered a good sermon, from the words: "But 
this I say, brethren, the time is short." 1 Cor. 
7: 29. He also preached again at 7 P. M. At tho 
close of the meeting one precious soul came for- 
ward for admission into church fellowship by bap- 
tism, which will bo attended to in the future. 
May others soon bo constrained to forsake the 
ranks of Satan, and join the army of the Lord, is 
our prayer! __^___ A - J - "Wine. 

From the Mingona Church, Kans. 

Bno. S. Bowser, from Kingman, Kansas, 

preached for us at the Social Plain school-house 
ou the evening of Nov. 22. On the forenoon of 
the next day lie preached at the Liberty school- 
house, in the north-west part of our congregation. 
He preached six sermons in all at the last-named 
place, and one at the Clark school-house. 

Dec. 14, our home ministers commenced a series 
of meetings at the Term school-house. Bro. 
Jesse Sbamberger, from the southern part of our 
congregation, was with us a few evenings. Wo 
continued our meetings until the evening of Dec. 
28. The weather was tine, and the attendance 
and attention very good. We have had no ad- 
ditions so far, but hope that the members have 
been much strengthened and built up in that most 
holy faith. Much good seed has been sown, 
which we hope, will ripen in due time, so as to be 
gathered before it is forever too late! 

J. H. Miller. 

From Ludmgton, "Wis. 

In compliance with a call by the brethren and 
sisters, living in Clark County, Wis., and a de- 
mand of the Mission Board, I left my home Oct. 
30, aud arrived the same day at Neilsviile ,— a dis- 
tance of, perhaps, sixty miles from home. Here I 
was met by brethren T. D. VanBuren and Bullard 
and after a chilly, but pleasant ride of ten miles, I 
arrived at Bro. VanBuren'a home. I was glad to 
meet with this pleasant family, and, after a good 
night's rest, was ready to resume my journey, ten 
miles west, where I commenced my labors Oct. 31. 
I continued meetings at this point until Nov. 6, 
with a growing interest to the close. One dear 
sister expressed a desire to walk with God's 

From here I returned to Bro. VanBuren's, 
where I preached to a large and attentive house 
on the evening of Nov. 11. I closed my labors in 
Clark County,— eighteen meetings in all, — Nov. 
12. Bro. VanBuren then conveyed me, a distance 
of fifty miles, to Bro. A. Mock's, in the Maple 
Grove church. During my stay here, one more 
dear sister came out on the Lord's side. I am 
glad that our dear Bro. VanBuren expects to lo- 
cate here in the near future. His labors are very 
much needed here. We expect to build a house 
of worship at that point next summer, and are 
preparing part of the material this winter. May 
the prayers of God's people ascend in our behalf! 
S. H. Baker. 


Literary Noies. 

: - ■ . ■ 

mcnces the year with a noble number in every 

respec'. Its i> .in excellent tiki.- 

ms< :' ■■ Di E A Noble, of Cliic.igo, 

■ i-i.ti .me in the magazine. 

■ i !lonl sermons 

1>_V 1'inilK'lJ .■ ! .; -i i n.'l ik lii'llli- 

S riev of in..:, park Congrcga- 
t tonal Church i- also gicen will) a sketch of 
Dr. N :.l - life. No one should fail lo read 
n \lod< :■]' i riticlsin ol the Pen- 
tateuch bj Prof. Leitch of Belfast College, 
Ireland. There are seven sermons in tlie 
s,all of v liii ii an i sceeding- 
Dr. Cuyler, who i> engaged to 




Eu r in iliis number, his 
subject being Dr. Joseph Addison Alexander, 
ih also a portrait. President 

on Christianity not a Failure, is 
attentive perusal. Other note- 
worthy artich on Sii jing with the Spirit, 

, .■ Pluramer; Whither are we 
; ::,■■ B. W. \\ illi.miv; Exalt the 
fcVord, Bishop ] oss, and Personal Re- 

sponsibility, by Res. A. J. Reynolds. Many 
are full of timely and important 
thpught Dr. Moment's treatment oi the 
Sunday-school Lessons is fresh, suggestive 
and clear. The editorials are on Utilizing the 
Steeples, Dark Lantern Christians and the 
Secret of Social Salvation. Yearly, $2.50. 
Clergymen, $2; Single copies, 25 cents. E. 
B. Treat, Publisher, 5 Cooper Union, New 


" What therefore God hath joined togcthc 

dersigned, at the residence of (he bride's 
parents, Jan. 1, Mr. A. L. GarrisonandMiss 
Bertha Eisenbise, both of Cherry Grove, 
Carroll Co., III. W. II. ElSENBISE. 

dersigned at the residence of the bride's 
11 Petrie, near Jacobs church, 
Pennsylvania, Dec. 4, rSoo, Bro. William 
II. Hollinger, of Washington County, 
Maryland, and sister Mollis E. Roadcap, of 
Rockingham County, Virginia. 

" T. F. IMLBR. 

undersigned, at the residence of the bride's 
parents, Dec Bently Hoffert, 

of Lintner, III, and sister Susannah Buck- 
ingham, of Oakley, 111. 


GOCKLEY— SENGER.-At the home of 

the: bride. Jan. 1, Bro. Samuel E. Gockley 

Minnie Sanger, both of North 

Beatrice church, Nebr. J. E. Young. 

KUNS— MESSNER. — By Eld. G. W. 

;er, at the residence of Ihi brine's 

parents, Fredonia, Kansas, Dec. 2 -, ;-.■/>, 

Mr. Floyd A. Kuns, of Nebn 1. and Ester 

Lillie Belle Messner. V101... Rzxcu. 


ned, at the residence of the bride's 
parents in Cerro Gordo, III, Jan. 1, Mr. 
Isaiah Wheeler and sister Emma Blicken- 
staff, all of Cerro Gordo, III. 

ALBAUGH— RITTER. — By the under- 
. the residence of the bride, Jan. i, 

Bro. William Z. Albaugh, of Olney, Shia- 
er Mary Ellen 
Kilter, <f -,,■ Co, Mich. 

Gf.o. E. Stone. 
SHIRK— BERKEY— By the undersigned, 
at Hie bride's parents, in St. Joseph Co, 
Ind, Dec. 27, iSoo.Mr. Christian Shirk and 
Mrs. Sarah Berkey. 


-. at the home of brother and 
George Anthony in St. Joseph Co, 
Ind, Jan. 1, George O. Fredricks and An- 
netta Anthony. H. M. Schwalm. 

UTLY— YOST.— By Eld. haac Billheimer, 
at the residence of tlie bride's parents, in 
the Fair view congregation, Tippecanoe 
County, Ind, Sept. 7 1S00, Samuel Utly and 
Marv Catharine Yost. MARY Yost. 


' Blessed are the dead which die in tlie Lord." 

HISEY— In the Bethel church, Ind, Oct. a-, 
of typhoid fever, Bro. Svlvanus Hisey, aged 
34 years, 4' months and 13 days. 

He left a wife, three children, a brother, 
and other relatives and friends to mourn 
their loss, but we mourn not as those who 
have no hope. He died as he lived, — a con- 
sistent brother in Christ. 

Funeral services to n large concourse of 
friends by the undersigned. 

W. R. Defter. 

.-ille, Blair Co, Pa. 
Elizabel 1 L. Snyder, 


Dec. 31, 1S90, 

wife of Bro. Simon Snyder, a deacon in the 

Woodbury church, Bedford Co, Pa, aged 

63 years, 10 months and 5 days. 

She leaves a husband and seven children 
to mourn their loss. Sister Snyder was n 
daughter of Rhinehart Replogle, deceased 
In her death the Woodbury church has lost b 

in Isi 

which she was held, was shown by the large 
concourse of people that assembled at her 
funeral on Jan. 2, 1S91, at the Replogle meet- 
ing-house, near Woodbury. Funeral services 
were conducted by Eld. James Sell, assisted 
by brethren J. K. Brown and Brice Sell, from 
the words, " Let me die tlie death of the 
righteous, and let my last end be like his." 
May God's ch >icest blessings rest upon the 
bereft family, :-■ our prayer! 

' D. S. R: 

RINEHART.— At Waynesborough, Pa, 
Due. 22, sister Susan Rinehart, aged about 

Deceased was a sister-in-law of Bro. 
Benjamin E. Price of our town. Our depart- 
hurch in her youth. 


sistcnl member of the Brethren church, and 
much devoted to the church of her choice. 
She loved to be in her place In the house'of 
tlie Lord. She was of a quiet disposition. 
Her father and mother preceded her but a 
few years to the spirit world. She was af- 
flicted over two years with that dread disease, 
cancer, internally, which worked its way till 
death ensued. We hope those of her brothers 
still out of the church, and away from the 
Lord, will lay it to heart and come to Christ 
and live. Funeral services by Bro. Jacob 
Snider, D. M. Baker and Tobias Imler, to a 
large congregation of sorrowing friends. 

j.F. Oller. 
MOORE— Within the bounds of the Greene 
church, Iowa, Dec. 16, Frances Leroi, son 
of Bro. Riley and sister Susanna Moore, 
and grandson of Ihe writer, aged 5 months 
and sixteen days. 

After a few days' suffering, the spirit 
left the body and went to God, who gave It. 
Services were improved by Eld. G. W. 
Cripe, of Cerro Gordo, III, 


FEES.— At her home, near Mt. Etna, Iowa, 
Dec. 27, 1S90, Adaline M.J. Fees, -wife of 
Bro. Samuel Fees, aged 69 vears, 1 month 
and 29 days. 

Deceased was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
She removed with her parents to LaPorte, 
Ind,, where she was married April 10, 1842, 
From there she moved with her husband to 
St. Joe Co, Ind, and then to Burlington, 
Iowa, the same year. From the latter place 
she came to Adams County, Iowa, where she 
resided till the time of her death. She united 
with the Brethren church at Mt. Etna, in 
February, 1866, and remained a faithful and 
consistent member. She was ever kind and 
ready to care for others, and always forgetful 
of self. She was sick for over a year and 
only able to be up a little part of the time. 
Oct. 18 she attended the Communion serv- 
ices, though suffering and \cry weak. Oct. 

25 she was anointed by brethren Bechtel- 
heimer and Myers. She was taken worse 
Nov. ::, and failed rapidly. Her intense 
suffering was borne with Christian fortitude 
and patience. She leaves a husband, who has 
been afflicted for fifteen years. She was the 
mother of three sons and two daughters. The 
eldest son died July 12, 1S64. The maiden 
name of the deceased was Bias. Funeral 
services Dec. 29 from Rev. 14: 13 by Eld. 
Barto, who spoke words of comfort and con- 

AnnikM. W. Fees. 
BOWMAN.— In the' Knob Creek church, 

Tenn, Dec. 25, iSoo, Bro. D. B. Bowman, 

aged 68 years, 9 months and 14 days. 
Deceased, after lighting the lamps at the 
church, sat down quietly in his seat. Soon 
after he struggled for breath, and in a few 
minutes he was dead. lie leaves a wife and 
eleven children to mourn their loss. The 
church has lost a faithful brother, but we 
hope that our loss is his great gain. He was 
a member for about fifty years, and a faithful 
deacon for a number of years. He was 
buried Dec. 27. Tlie services were improved 
by brethren C. H. Dichl, W. A. Sherfy and 
George C. Bowman from 2 Tim. 4: 6, 7, 8. 
MYERS— In the Baugo church, Elkhart 

Co, Ind, Sept. 6, 1890, Bro. Enos Myers, 

aged 69 years, 6 months and 13 days. 

Bro. Myers was born in Bucks County, 
Pa, Feb. 23, 1S21. 

Funeral services by Bro. Alex. Miller to a 
large concourse of neighbors and friends. 

H. M. Scuwalm. 
STEWARD— At Waynesborough, Pa, Dec. 

26, 1S90, sister Sadie Steward, aged 18 

years, 4 months and ir days. 

The subject of this notice was a daughter 
of sister Anna Steward, of Waynesborough, 
Pa. She united with the church in her 
fifteenth year. She was active in all church 
work, and taught .1 class in Sunday-school up 
to within two weeksof her death. Her bright 
example will long be remembered. 

It has pleased the Lord to transport our 
much loved sister Sadie to the beautiful be- 
yond. When the summons came last Friday 
morning, she fell asleep without a struggle. 
Blessed be the name of him who gave the 
bereaved mother sustaining grace to bear up 
under the cloud of sorrow and affliction! 
Sister Sadie brightened and blejscd the home 
by her Christian life and song of praise, but 
her departure leaves a great void, which only 
blessed memory and Christian hope can fill 
here. This Christian mother, with her chil- 
dren, could sit and talk of the love of God, 
but now the family is broken for the first 
lime. Though Sadie's voice is now hushed in 
silence, here below, yet she mingles her sweet 
voice up yonder with the blood- washed 
throng to sing of Moses and the Lamb. The. 
Word of God dispels the gloom of death, and 
the light of glory, which streams across the 
grave, leaves no place for shadows. By and 
by all that knew ond loved her shall meet her 
again. Then we shall know what we con- 
fidently believe, that " God doeth all things 
well." She bore her affliction with Christian 
resignation, and expressed an undoubted hope 
of her acceptance with her Blessed Lord. 
Deceased was a niece of ciders David E. and 
Benjamin E. Price. 

Funeral services by the writer, assisted by 
Bro. Jacob Snider, from Phillpp. 1 : 23 to a very 
large congregation of sympathizing friends. 
Services in the town church. J. F. Oller. 
HANNEKE— At her home, in Waterloo, 
Iowa, Dec. 19, 1S90, sister Katie Hanneke 
(r/c Saylor), aged 49 years, 2 months and 

Deceased was born in Somerset Co, Pa, 
Sept 20, 1841. 

She leaves seven brothers, two sisters, a 
mother and step-daughter to mourn their loss. 
She was a great sufferer almost all her life- 
time; but was always cheerful and hopeful. 
She bore her affliction with Christian forti- 
tude, and patiently waited for the hour of 
dissolution, which was calm and peaceful. 
She said her work was done, and that she was 
glad to go. 

Funeral services improved by brethren L. 
R. Peifer and B. F. Miller from 1 Thess 4: 13 
to a large congregation. Cemie Peifer. 
ERWIN-— In the Yellow Creek church, 

Stephenson Co, III, Bro. David Erwin, 

aged 82 years, 6 months and 16 days. 

The subject of this sketch was born in 
Lancaster County, Pa, April 25, 1S0S. In 
early life he united with the Brethren's 
church, and remained true and faithful until 

He served the church as deacon for many 
years, and filled the duties, obligatory to that 
office, in a Christian-like manner. 

Mis seat was seldom vacant at church serv- 
ices, and he was also a regular attendant at 
Sunday-school. A few weeks before his death 
he called for the elders of the church, and was 
anointed in the name of the Lord, after which 
he expressed his desire to be absent from the 
body, and present with the Lord. Oh! that 
we all could die with ihe bright anticipation 
of the future world, as did our dear aged 

Thus the saintly widow has lost a lov- 
ing companion, the children a kind fa- 
ther, the church a faithful brother, and the 
community a respected citizen. 'His remains 
were followed to their last resting place by a 

by Eld. D. B. Eby. " L. E. Keltner. 

DINSMORE.— At Nevada, Story Co, Iowa, 

Dec. 14, 1S90, Lyman M. Dinsmore, son of 

sister Eliza Dinsmore, aged 42 years, 7 

months and 2 days. 
The funeral took place at the M. E. 
church, of Nevada, Dec. 16, and the remains 
were laid to rest in the Nevada cemetery. 
Deceased has been a resident of this place for 
over twenty-one years, anil was highly es- 
teemed for his sterling qualities, and will be 
ini<-ed greatly. 

Lyman M. Dinsmore was a native of North 
Georgetown, Ohio, and was born May 12, 
1848. He came, with his mother and family, 
to Nevada in the spring of 1S69, since which 
time he has resided on the home farm, just 
south of Nevada. The illness of which he 
died was rheumatism, from which he suf- 
fered for over eight long years. He was a 
great but patient sufferer. He was unmarried 
and leaves a mother, two brothers, and four 
sisters to mourn their loss. 

He will be greatly missed by the home 
circle, of which he was a leading member, 
and by his neighbors and .n<|uainlances. 

Sarah Weidner. 
GUY— In Tuscarawas County,' Ohio, Dec. 

31, 1890, Anna Angel Guy, aged 07 years, 

4 months and 29 days. 

Out of a family of sixteen there remain 
but two,— George and David Angel. When 
she was only six: years old, her parents re- 
moved to Montgomery Co, Ohio; thence to 
Elkhait County, Ind, and thence (o Kos- 
ciusko County, Ind, three miles south of 
Syracuse, remaining in that vicinity until her 

She was united in marriage to James H. 
Guy, May 27, 1847. Two children were 
born to them, — Perry and Anderson. Fa- 
ther and both sons preceded her to the spirit 

She was left a widow, Dec. 17, 1875. In 
every sense of the word she was a pioneer 
woman. Born In Eastern Ohio, when that 

to Northern Indiana when the Indians out- 
numbered the whites ten to one. Her 
parents had but little of this world's goods, 
so she knew what it was to be poor. In her 
later years she had a sufficiency, and gave to 
the church of her choice,— the Brethren,— 
of which she was a member for thirty-six 
years, a donation of $300. We will miss her, 
but do not mourn as those who have no hope. 
Funeral services were conducted by Bio. 
Davis Younce, assisted by the undersigned. 
W. R Dm 1 eh, 

DONLAP— At Glendora, Cal, Dec. 10, in- 
fant son of brother and sister Donlap, 
aged 13 months and 14 days. Funeral 
services by the writer from Matt. 18: 3, 4. 
John Metzger. 

Jan. 20. 1891. 


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The Gospel Messenger. 

Table of Contents. 

Growing Old. Selected by Ada S. Help, 


Womnn's Work. By Sarah M. Saundere 

What Shall Women Read? By Mary Buchef Beahm, 

Personal Habits of Parents, a Factor in the Training of 
Children. By Olive M. Bulla 

Onr Hymnal. By Hiram S. Garst 

Glad Tidings. By Rosie S. Myers, 

Life and Immortality. A Query by S. T. Harnes, an- 
swered by J. S. Mohler, 

Object Lessons. By Fanny Morrow 


Items, 49, 56, 

The Barren Fig-Tree 

Seventy-six Thousand 

Fnnds for Western Sufferers, 

Missionary and Tract Work, — 

Qualifications of a Minister. Bv Enoch Ehy 

k The Fulfilling of Prophecy, as Applied to the Church 

f Bv A. Hutchison, 


Notes from our Correspondents, 

■Correspondence, 53, 54, 55, 60, 6r, 

Literary Notes, 


Fallen Asleep, 

There are a number of protracted meetings be- 
ing held in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 
"with encouraging prospects. The weather, the 
greater part of the time, has been favorable, which 
adds mure or less to the success of the meetings. 

"We received a note from Eld. J. W. Brum- 
baugh, of Clover Creels, stating that he intended 
to be with us during our Bible Session, but was 
detained at home on account of sickness 1 . We 
were sorry to learn of his illness, and also that he 
■could not be with us. 

Send for our illustrated catalogue of Bibles. 
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through us. 

Many tell us that the Messenger is the only 
preacher they have, and that its pages, because of 
this, are especially appreciated. We are sorry 
that such can not have the living epistle to feed 
"them, but as they have not, we are glad they can 
have this much. In our talks through the paper 
it would be well for us to feel that we are not 
"writing to fill the pages, or to exhibit our smart- 
ness, but to feed the hungry with the Bread of 
Life. In all of our writing, let us feel that we are 
saying that which will bring peace and encourage- 
ment to the hearts of those who read after us. 

Thhee-foutiths of the world to-day can not tell 
what they are living for outside of eating, drink- 
ing and wearing clothes. To many, these things 
seem to be the sum and substance of life. These 
are all essential in their place, but are given us 
that we may live to reach after and receive the 
higher good for which we have been created, pur- 
chased and redeemed. 

In our study of the propagation of the Gospel, 
we have given the deacon question a very thorough 
investigation, and may, in the near future, give 
some of the conclusions arrived at. A superficial 

examination of this subject should not be satisfacto- 
ry to the church and those who will try to settle the 
question without thoroughly examining all the 
evidences, will deny the trust imposed in them. 

We are frequently asked advice as to buying 
commentaries, "Whose do you' recommend," etc. 
Some are hard to please, as the following example 
shows: "I want a commentary, — one that will ex- 
plain every sentence in both books, especially in 
the New Testament, — and such a work do I want 
that will explain it truthfully— not in favor of any 
creed or sectarianism. I want the Truth, the 
whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth. I want 
it so plain that any child can understand it with- 
ont'guing to a tot 01 ofrffei tforfcs to consult Dhem 
to obtain a sufficient knowledge of what you want 
to read. Can you get me such a work, — subject 
to my approval, and permitting me, if not suitable, 
to return it? " No, we know of no such book, — ex- 
cept the Bible; — all human productions are more 
or less faulty. 


About this tree, in connection with the Christ, 
much lias been said and written, and yet very few, 
if any, clear and satisfactory interpretations have 
been given. After $p many being given, it j 
seem useless to attempt to give still another, and 
yet we will do so. The friends of Jesus lived 
across the Mount of Olives, from Jerusalem, in the 
town of Bethany. After his day's teaching was 
done, for the night, it was his custom to resort to 
this home of kindred spirits. Early one morning, 
as he was wending his way towards the city, in 
company with his disciples, his mind no doubt 
filled with the work before him, and the character 
of the people with whom he would come in con- 
tact, he saw in the distance a fig-tree full of leaves. 

Though " the time of figs was not yet," he saw, 
on the tree, the indications of fruit, and because of 
the signs he expected to find the fruit. Had there 
been no leaves on the tree, he would not have ex- 
pected fruit, and no curse would have followed, 
especially as it was not in the fig season. But 
here was a tree full of leaves, and as we are told 
that, on the fig-tree, the fruit appears before the 
leaves, and by the time that the leaves are in full 
growth, the fruit is ready to be plucked and eaten, 
— so this special tree said to the Master and his 
company, in appearance, "I have fruit; come and 
eat! " On this appearance he went to the tree, ex- 

the temple, to teacl 
Jews. This people, 
yond the time of frr 

peeting to get what it said it had, and was disap- 
pointed, finding "nothing but leaves." 

Why this tree was out of season, we can not, tell. 
It was, no doubt, one of the strange freaks which 
nature sometimes plays,— and men often do it, — 
and it afforded the Master an excelleutopportunity 
of teaching and impressing a lesson that was time- 
ly and much needed for the disciples, and to show 
them the true status of the people to whom he was 
going, with a burdened heart, to teach. 

Deception and hypocrisy were sins that God 
always hated, and the Son never lost an occasion 
to teach against them. They were on their way to 
d his subjects would be 
i nation, had grown be- 
;e, and but little was ex- 
pected of them until their time for fruit would 
again come, but, strange to say, they were persist- 
ent in their pretensions, and made a display of 
their gooduess, but when Christ came to them, 
what did he find? " Nothing but leaves." With- 
out they were pure and clean, but within they 
were ravening wolves, — whited sepulchers without; 
within, full of dead men's bones. 

Hero was a tig-tree that had borne fruit in season 
1ml had 1. 
from the Fn 

of the Gentiles would come in,— and no more for- 
ever, as far as that tree was concerned, could there 
be any fruit. The poor Jew had passed by his op- 
portunity, and henceforth his bearing can be 
leaves only, — and now comes the curse. The old 
law is dead, and its leaves have withered away. 

This lesson, severe as it was, went beyond the 
Jew in its application. We are made fruitful only 
by being grafted into the True Vine, and as long 
as we remain there, our fruit and leaves will come 
in season. But when this connection is lost and 
our religion becomes only a pretension, then will 
it be said of us, too, — nothing but leaves. Let not 
our religion be show only, that those, who come to 
us, because of our appearance, will find leaves on- 
ly. First, as in the fig-tree, let the fruit appear, 
and let the leaves follow as an indication that the 
fruit is there. 

There never 
by the barren fruit-tree, 
There is so much hollo 
us pause he: 
lives — what have they been? Have we been bear- 
ing fruit? Have those who came to us hungering, 
gone away filled, or do they say, as they go, " only 
leaves,— nothing but leaves?" 

The application of the lesson, we fear, and sober 
thought, will come home to many of us. If so, let 
it sink deep into our hearts and lives, and cause 
us to weigh carefully the importance of the fruit 
rather than the leaves. 

There is so much in the Christian church to-day - 
that is hollow and a sham, that a general stirring 
up is needful for us all. Fruit, — yes, fruit is what 
hungering and starving souls are needing. Let 
them have it through us. 

time when the lesson, taught 
needed worse than now. 
empty profession. Let 
t and look at our own 



"Study 10 show Ihyst 


They call it « going down the hill " when we arc growing oh), 
And speak with mournful accents when our tale is nearly told; 
They sigh when talking of the past, the days that used to be, 
As if the future were not bright with immortality. 
But it is not going down, 'tis climbing high and higher, 
Until we almost sec the mountain that our souls desire: 
For if the natural eye grows dim, it is but dim to earth; 
While the eye of faith grows keener to discern the Savior's 

"Who would exchange (or shooting blade, the waving, golden 

Or when the corn is fully ripe, would wish it green again? 
And who would wish the hoary head, found in the way of 

To be again encircled with the sunny locks of youth? 

For though in truth, the outward man must perish and decay, 
The inward man shall be renewed by grace from day to day; 
Those who are planted by the Lord, unshaken in their root, 
Shall in their old age flourish, and bring forth their choicest 

It is not years that make men old: the spirit may be young 
Though fully threescore years and ten, the wheels of life have 

God has himself recorded in his blessed Word of Truth, 
That they who wait upon the Lord, they shall e'en renew 

their youth. 
And when the eye, now dim, shall open to behold the King, 
And ears, now dull with age, shall hear the harps of heaven 

And on the head now hoary, shall be placed the crown of 

Then shall be known the everlasting joy of never growing old. 
—Selected by Ada S. Defy. 



No. 3. "Deaconesses," 

Is the co ti tin nation of our investigations upon 
the subject of woman's work in and for the 
church of the Living God, we are reminded of the 
many women who are spoken of in the Bible, and 
who are, no doubt, mentioned to enable the church 
to continue their recognition ns "hand-maids" 
and servants of God. Although woman is called 
the " weaker vessel," yet she possesses a greater 
attribute in the power of endurance, than does the 
sterner sex. In the Old Testamest we have hon- 
orable mention of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, 
Huldah. Esther, Ruth, and many others whose 
words and deeds are left on record for our in- 

Coming down to the women of the New Testa- 
ment, in studying the life of Christ, we can not 
but be impressed with the large number of minis- 
tering women mentioned "Who does not remem- 
ber Joanna and the Mary's, — "the Mary blessed 
above all other women," "his mother;" "Mary of 
Magdala;" "Mary, the wife of Cleopas;" " Mary 
and Martha of Bethany." In the books of apos- 
tolic church history we find Dorcas, Lydia, Pris- 
cilla, and Philip's four daughters. 

In connection with Paul's work, the activity of 
women is constantly recognized. Phebe and 
Mary, Junia, Triphena and Triphosa, "who la- 
bored in the Lord," and even Rahab, the tavern- 
keeper, is mentioned as having done a noble and 
praiseworthy work. We are told that "the dea- 
conesses of the post- apostolic church were an im- 
portant order of women. "Whatever doubt there 
may be in regard to the order existing in the apos- 
tles' time, there can be none as to its existence 
shortly afterward." They are constantly men- 
tioned by the writers of the church, and occasion- 
ally by the profane authors. " Pliny, the Younger, 

Governor of Bithynin, in his celebrated letter to 
the Emperor Trajan, concerning the Christians, 
speaks of two 'handmaids,' whom he calls min- 
isfrae, whom he felt obliged to torture, — this cul- 
tured and elegant gentleman,- in the persecution 
which raged in Asia Minor in his time." Pliny 
wrote in the year 107. John, the Apostle, had 
hardly been dead a dozen years. 

In reading this letter, wo feel that wc are going 
back to the very time and institutions of the 
Apostles. "Tertullian, Origen, Basil, Chrysostom, 
and many others frequently mention 'deaconesses,' 
calling them often by this very name, didkonos, 
using later the feminine form, diakonissa. Chrys- 
ostom, the silver-tongued, lived in the last half of 
the fourth century." Among his writings are 
seventeen letters, addressed to Olympias, a lady 
of wealth and rank, who, for many years, was a 
deaconess in Constantinople. (Schaffs Apostol 
and Church History contains satisfactory inform- 
ation on deaconesses. ) 

"We might follow the history of the church on 
down through past ages, and we find that the 
Lutherans, and perhaps several other denomina- 
tions in modern Europe, had their societies, called 
Deaconesses, and provided " homes " for those 
women who voluntarily left all and followed the 
example of the Savior by going about doing good 
to the poor and needy, visiting, nursing, and car- 
ing for the sick, regardless of their name or 

We learn that the Methodist Episcopal church 
in America have organizations for the benefit and 
encouragement of their self-sacrificing women who 
desire to lay up treasures in heaven, and demon- 
strate to the world the "pure and undefiled re- 
ligion," Jas. 1: 27, which the apostle so highly 
commends and which the Savior assured his dis- 
ciples would insure a rich reward to those 
to whom it shall be said, "I was a hungered, and 
ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me 
drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, 
and ye clothed me: I was sick and ye visited me: 
ls in prison, and ye came unto me." Then 
shall they say unto him, " Lord, when saw we thee 
a hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee 
drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took 
in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when 
saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?" 
And he shall answer them, "Verily I say unto, In- 
asmuch as ye have done it unto one of the leasbof 
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 
Matt. 25: 35-40. „ 

I am personally acquainted with women living 
in the City of Indianapolis, who practically fulfill 
at least a part of those good works enumerated 
above, and regularly, on Sabbath morning, wend 
r way to the jail or city work-house, and, in 
their good, motherly way, exhort, comfort, and 
pray for the men, boys and even women incarcer- 
ated behind those prison walls, often receiving 
and carrying messages from some poor boy to his 
heart-broken mother; comforting and consoling 
the unfortunate; inspiring the wayward with re- 
solves to live better lives in the future, thus man- 
ifesting a spirit worthy of imitation. 

In Chicago there is an institution or "Home" 
for such willing workers and Christian women 
who desire to consecrate their lives, and services, 
and means to the work of the Lord, thus loaning 
themselves and their substance to him, who has 
promised to repay with interest. At this place 
they can have the assistance, instruction and en- 
couragement of those whose hearts are in the 
work, and thus a home and training school is pro- 
vided for female nurses and physicians, who care 
for the needy and poor, — those wdiose forlorn con- 
dition is never thought of by the many who dress 
in royal robes, and "fare sumptuously every day." 

A very remarkable feature of the order of Dea- 

conesses is, that they have adopted a plain costume 
or uniform, so that they are known and recognized 
as Christian women and they can, by their sim- 
plicity of apparel, not only have the approval of 
Holy Writ, but can more readily gain the confi- 
dence of the poor and sick. 

On page 737, No. 47, of the Messenger, I seo 
an item in the Editorial department which shows 
that some of our warm-hearted, devoted sisters 
are offering themselves to do service for the Mas- 
ter. Shall such self-sacrificing women be com- 
pelled to abandon their noble ideas, of leaving 
home and friends, and devoting their lives to 
Christ's service, for lack of proper encouragement 
from those who are in authority? 

Let it not be said that ye are lukewarm in the 
great work of doing good in this life, but let us 
lose no opportunity to prove to the world that we 
have been with Jesus and learned of him, and 
strive to make "our calling and election sure." 
2 Pet. 1: 10. 

Landess, Ind. 



It would be impossible to state just what the in- 
dividual woman should read, for each has her spe- 
cial needs and inclinations. There are good books 
and papers innumerable that might be read with 

But there is one special kind of reading matter 
that is often entirely neglected, and which ranks 
in importance next to Holy Writ. This is concern- 
ing our bodies. "Study me; I am fearfully and 
wonderfully made." , 

The majority of young women, and old ones too, / 
know so Uttle of God's most wonderful piece o£ 
workmanship, tliat, without one thought as to re* ; 
suits, they deform the body by improper modes of 
dress, thereby thinking to improve it. 

Could they be made to realize the harm done, 
they would surely hesitate in their work. There 
are very few women that do not know some of the 
evils resulting from improper dressing, but the 
influence of fashion is too strong, and they do not 
possess the will-power to go against custom. 

Let such read the works oE writers like Dio 
Lewis, Cutter, Alice B. Stockham, Mrs. E. R, 
Shepherd, and others. Let them examine the cat- 
alogues and circulars issued by the dress reform 
stores of our larger cities, and they will find that 
len can be neatly, and, at the same time, health- 
fully dressed. Let them know that the majority of 
most famous women dress just that way, and I 
believe there will be a decided change for the bet- 

Not in regard to dress alone is the education of 
our women neglected. How many mothers know 
what is best for the stomachs of their boys and girls? 
Instead of so much white flour, meat, pickles and 
sweets, they need the entire wheat foods, oatmeal 
and fruits, to grow up strong, healthy men and 
ien. Had our women a better knowledge of the 
needs of these bodies of ours, sickness and drug 
medication would be greatly reduced. Proper 
dress, exercise, bathing, diet and ventilation would 
keep the system in a condition to ward off disease, 
and many a physician would be obliged to take in 
his shingle, and seek other employment. 

Daleville, Va. 

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but the heart gives that which neither silver or 
gold can buy. To be full of goodness, cheerful- 
ness, sympathy, kinduess, and helpful hope, caus- 
es one to bear about and impart blessings of 
which he himself is unconscious as the lamp is of 
its own shining," 




The formation of habits is, after all, the great 
object of education. This is the work of parents. 
They are called upon, by the position they hold, 
to train immortal souls for the enjoyment and 
service of God forever. Every appliance for the 
work is theirs, — in the natural affection of the 
parent for the child, and the child for the parent. 
Every facility is given for it in the free and con- 
stant steps and words of homo life. Children nat- 
urally look to their parents for instruction and ex- 
ample, and of all influences to which they are 
subject, save that of the Almighty Spirit of God, 
that which parents exert upon them is the deepest 
and most lasting. 

In seeking to fulfill this duty, we must remem- 
ber, as has already been said, that personal or 
parental habits are of the first importance. So 
completely are the habits of the child affected by 
the habits of the parents, that parents should be 
very careful in their habits before children, both 
in word and in deed. What is called natural dis- 
position, as distinct from disposition modified by 
ti aining, has its root here. A good temper, — 
kindly, cheerful, buoyant and generous, or a bad 
one, — one that is morose, sulky, or passionate, — 
may be thus derived. But without training, the 
good disposition will speedily find some evil devel- 
opment under the influence of the corrupt will. 

The knowledge of ourselves aud the fact that 
tendencies are, to a great extent, hereditary, will 
help us in our work. But just as this knowledge 
does not diminish our personal responsibility, but 
increases it, making the task of self-government 
more possible to us, so the knowledge that our 
children fin.! likely 1" resemble its in disposition, 
may help us in training thorn. We know our own 
weak points, aud we may thus more easily detect 
theirs. We know the direction of our own evil 
tendencies, and we may thus learn more effectually 
to watch over them, and adapt our government to 
their need. 

A child's susceptibility to external impressions 
commences at the very dawn of life, and to the 
mother is intrusted the task of moulding it then 
for good or evil, — to a great extent. With her 
hand, her voice, her manner, the infant becomes 
earliest familiar, and with that familiarity com- 
mences its moral training. Its pain is soothed, its 
cries are hushed, its wants are supplied by her. 
A tender habit of mutual interest is thus estab- 
lished, which grows with the child's rapidly grow- 
ing intelligence, and which gives her an incalcu- 
lable power in the formation of its habits. 

The father has, as the child advances in self- 
consciousness, an equally important share in this 
duty. He is the head of the family, its highest 
authority, — the ultimate appeal in all points con- 
nected with its order and government. It is his to 
rule the household, and have his children in sub- 
jection. 1 Tim. 3: 4. Love to the mother, and 
reverence for the father are the earliest emotions 
of which the child is conscious or capable. What 
a mighty power for good is thus put into the par- 
ents' hands! 

How watchful and prayerful ought parents to 
be, that nothing in us interferes with its right use, 
from our lips, our looks, our actions, all of which 
the child deems perfect, all of which it thinks it 
has a right to adopt as its own! The child thinks 
that all its father or mother does is right. Let us 
be very careful and impress right habits upon our 
children, — habits that will make deep impressions 
on their young and tender minds' Go and take 
them to Sunday-school and church every Sunday, 
and teach them the things pertaining to the Lord! 



CONSIDERING the different views, presented at last 
Annual Meeting and also those of some writers, I 
believe the object and aim of a revision of the Hym- 
nal is not clearly understood by many Brethren. 
The query originated in the North-eastern District 
of Kansas, and I think is there more fully under- 
stood, so that a hearing from that District would be 
in place". The object is not to put away the com- 
pilation of our old brethren and to get up some- 
thing entirely different, but it is to make needed 
changes in order to improve the Hymnal and to 
make it cheaper. 

First, there are quite a number of hymns sel- 
dom, if ever, used. See numbers 1, 223, 2n8, 047, 
728, 7u*5, 790, 800, 801, 818. By leaving thorn out, 
paper, ink, compositors' work, purchase money, 
and bulk, — all valuable items, — would be saved. 

Second, those who are posted know that appro- 
priate hymns for the use of children are scarce in 
our collection. The spiritual welfare of children 
should not be neglected. It is praiseworthy that 
their wants are supplied in many places by means 
of Sunday-schools and children's meetings, and we 
should have more appropriate hymns in our col- 
lection to be used on those occasions. 

Third, — aud in this I hope the compilers of 
our Hymnal will pardon the criticism, — we want 
those 1(J7 duplicate tunes left out of the Hymnal, 
and put in other good tunes, used already for gen- 
erations, and such as will be continued in use, such 
as Bealoth, Idumea, Webster, Augusta, Condescen- 
sion, Pisgah, Sessions, Bozrah, Invocation, Jubilee, 
etc. We ought, by all means, to have the music of 
all the good, old, familiar tunes in our collection; 
and we want the music as "originally written." 
Changing the music of old times is not likely "to 
make an improvement. See numbers 727, 784, 7S6 
in the Hymnal. Also compare the same tunes on 
pages 20 and 91; and on 154 and 21)2. ■ 

I do not maketheSe references for criticism, but 
to show in part why we need a revision. 

We do not want rudiments of music put in the 
Hymnal, and make a singing-school music book 
of it, nor a book filled with new tunes and chorus- 
es, nor made larger. The primary object of that 
query is to make the Hymn Book smaller and 
cheaper by leaving out about 300 hymns that are 
seldom or never used, — to make it better by add- 
ing fifty to one hundred other good hymns, of 
which some will be adapted to the wants of chil- 
dren; to improve the Hymnal by leaving out all 
duplicates, and adding, as nearly as possible, all 
the old church music, used throughout the Broth- 
erhood, and to have only plaiu, substantial bind- 
ing. If some good copyright music could be add- 
ed without incurring too great expense, it would 
make the book all the better. Our membership is 
increasing fast; we sing more and need a greater 
variety of music than our present Hymnal contains. 
The tendency will be sure to use other books like 
Gospel Hymns, unless our own can be revised and 
improved to supply the present deficiency. 

Station A., Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 10, 1890. 



" Glory to lite infant stranger, 
Lowly laid in Belhlelteni's manger, 
Peace on earth, good will to mortals, 
Paradise unbars its portals." 

Almost nineteen hundred years have elapsed 
since the advent of our Savior into this world 
In his coming, the prophecies of ages were ful- 
filled. Although his birth was attended with low- 
ly surroundings, yet never before did such dignity 

and honor mark the ushering into existenco of 
any earthly monarch. It was meet thai such an 
important event should be published with a view 
to impress tin' mind with reverence and awe. 
Hence an angel was dispatched from heaven to 
announce the good news of the new-born King. 

But this message was not carried to the princes 
and the nobles of the laud. Some poor, humble 
shepherds who were guarding their 'flocks on the 
hills of Judea, were first favored with the joyful 
intelligence. And as they were "keeping watch 
over their flocks by night," they were overcome 
with great fear at the approach of the angel and 
the manifest presence of the "glory of the Lord," 
which surrounded them. And as their consterna- 
tion was visible, they were encouraged not to bo 
afraid, for, said the angel, " I bring you good tid- 
ings of great joy." "For unto you is born this 
day in the City of David, a Savior which is Christ 
the Lord." 

This glorious, new-born Prince, the promised 
Messiah, could surely be found by the sign that 
was given to them, for perhaps no other infant 
could be found in all that city, in such an humble 

No sooner had the angel performed his mission 
to the shepherds than he was joined by "a 
multitude of the heavenly host," which gave audi- 
ble expression of their love and praise by singing, 
" Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace; 
good will towards men." Never did the earth re- 
sound with such praise as when these soft, sweet 
strains fell from the lips of the angel baud. Al- 
though generations have come and gone, yet the 
echoes of that song still reverberate over the 

• The information that was conveyed of Emmanu- 
el's birth, was not only to gladden the hearts 
of the Bethlehem shepherds. " I bring yon good 
tidings of great, joy which shall be to all people." 
This message never grows old by repetition. It 
has served as a beacon light to guide many a Bin- 
tossed mariner over life's rough sea to the haven 
of eternal rest. Many of us can, no doubt, recall 
to our minds when the old, old story of Bethle- 
hem's babe sounded as new in our ears as when it 
was first uttered by the white-robed herald, "For 
he shall save his people from their sins " was a 
healing balm to our sin-sick souls. May we, then, 
continue so to live that we can have the full assur- 
ance that, when the turmoils of life are over, we 
will be permitted to join the angelic choir, in sing- 
ing the sweet songs of redeeming love. 

And you, dear friends, who have never as yet 
made any public manifestation that the tidings of 
this new-bom Prince has afforded any joy to your 
souls, cau you pass by each returning anniversary 
of his birth, without reflecting on the incidents 
connected with this interesting event? 

The shepherds of Judea were not content to re- 
main at their occupation after receiving the rues- 
age of the angel. Their flocks were now a matter 
of minor importance; they left them to the mer- 
cy of ravenous beasts and " said to one another, 
'Let us now go over unto Bethlehem and see this 
thing which is come to pass, which the Lord has 
made known unto us.' " And the result wos that 
they returned, glorifying and praising God for 
what they had seen and heard. Can we not learn 
a practical lesson from the example of these men? 
The story of the infant Jesus should be the topic 
of greatest interest to us all. It gives us comfort 
in this life and when death comes, it will be the 
only theme on which we can base our hopes of 

New Enterprise, Pa. 

"As the sea bird sleeps calmly on the bosom of 
the ocean billow, so in all trying circumstances 
sweetly rests the soul that is stayed on God." 


Jau. 27, 1891. 


J. S. MoHLEli, 

Dear Brother.'— 

In your article in the Messenger on 
" Life and Immortality," I can not agree with yon. 
I fail to find that tin- apostle lias any reference In 
the death of the body. In the first place, Christ 
did not abolish the death of the body through the 
Gospel. In the second place, the enemy;— Death, 
— reigns over us. We are under the power of 
death. The same apostle, in 1 Cor. 15: 37, Eays, 
"And that which thou sowest; thou sowest not 
that body that shall be." In verse 44 he says, 
"It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual 
body, and also, in Matt. Hi: 2li, "For what is a 
man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and 
lose his own soul." Also in Mark S: 3(5, 37. "Or 
what shall a man -ive in exchange for his soul?" 
Luke 9: 35, "For what is a man advantaged if he 
gain the whole world nud lose himself?" Luke 
12: 4, .">, "I say unto you, my friends, be not 
afraid of them that kill the body, but I will fore- 
warn you whom ye shall fear. Fear him which, 
after he hath killed, hath power to east into hell." 
Matt. 10: 28, -lint rather fear him which is able 
to destroy both sold and body ill hell." 

Please give your mind on the above and let me 
hear from you. Samuel T. Harnes. 

National Military Homo, Ohio. 

S. T. H.U.NES. 

My I'm,- Brother in Christ.-— 

Your kind, Christian letter has been re- 
ceived and considered. I discover that you fail to 
get the right idea of my letter, as well as the true 
meauing of Paul iu Heb. 2: 14. 

Ton say that you lad to find that the apostle 
aae any refer, ace to the death of the body. Let 
os quote Paul again in Heb. 2: 14. "Forasmuch 
then as the children are partakers of flesh and 
blood, he also himself likewise took part of the 
same, that through death he might destroy him 
that had power over death, that is the devil." 

The phrase, "flesh and blood," in the above 
quotation, means Christ's humanity, i. e., Christ's 
humanity was like our humanity. His body on 
his human side, was like our bodies, in that he 
hungered and thirsted, and became weary, was 
tempted, suffered in the flesh pain and death. 

Christ came to destroy him that had power oyer 
death,— the devil. This he virtually accomplished 
by his resurrection from the dead. Had Christ 
not come in the flesh, and died and triumphed 
over death, by his resurrection, then death would 
forever hold its victims within its iron giasp, and 
the dark prison house of the dead would remain 
eternally closed. But Christ broke the iron 
bands of the monster, when he walked forth from 
the darkness of the grave, in the power and glory 
of the resurrection. 

The death, here referred to, is undoubtedly the 
death of the body. The phrase, " flesh and blood " 
clearly indicates that. The apostle Peter makes 
this point clear, in his first epistle, 3: 18,— "Be- 
ing put to death in the flesh, but quickened bv 
the Spirit." 

As we stated in our former article, "All that is 
now wonting is the application of the power and 
etheacy of Christ's resurrection to the dead, and 
all the dead will be raised" John puts on record 
the words of Christ on this point, in 5: 28,— "For 
the hour is coming, in the which all that are in 
the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come 

The Bevelator also says, iu writing of the im- 
mortal victory, gained by Christ over the dark 
ness of the grave, "I am he that liveth and was 

dead: and, behold. I am alive forexormore, Ameu 
nud have the keys of hell and of death." 1: 18. 

Christ will use the "key," and unlock all the 
chambers of the dead, whether on sea or laud, and 
forever abolish the sting of death and the victory 
of the grave. In this prospective sense, death is 
abolished. In the course of time it. will become a 
present, veritable fact. Theu will be fulfilled the 
saying, " O death, where is thy sting? grave, 
where is thy victory?" 

In your letter I find also these words, " In the 
first place, Christ did not abolish the death of the 
body through the Gospel." I think if you will 
examine carefully my former article, you will dis- 
cover that I did not Bay that death was abolished 
through the Gospel: but I did say that Christ 
brought life aud immortality to light through the 
Gospel. Paul says the same in 2 Tim. 1: 10. 

The German language is clearer on this point 
than the English. It says, "Der clem Tode die 
JFncltl hat genommen." Translated this reads, 
"He has taken from death its power," i. e., the 
power of Christ's resurrection is far greater than 
the power of death. Hence he will snatch from 
the power of death nud the grave, every one hold- 
en by them. 

We think it is clear that, the death of the body 
is what the apostle meant; even if death does 
reign over the body, as it always has, it will not 
olways reign. "The last enemy that shall be de- 
stroyed is death." 1 Cor. 15: 26. Paul speaks of 
death beiug abolished, prospectively, though the 
language reads in the present tense. In' 1 Cor. 
15: 2G, he speaks of death being destroyed, as a 
present aud an accomplished fact. 

To write of things in the future, as though the 
things written of were then transpiring, is a 
Bible method of presenting important facts. Isai- 
ah, in writing of the great event of Christ coming 
into the world to redeem us, speaks in the pres- 
ent tense, by saying, "For unto us a child is born, 
unto us a son is given." 9: C. Here the facts re- 
ferred to seem present because the language is 
used iu the present tense, but the fact itself was 
yet in the future, oyer seven hundred years. So 
when Paul wrote of death being abolished, he 
means that Christ became the first fruits of them 
that slept, and the power of death was broken, 
and that the total banishment of death, though 
yet in the future, was nevertheless an established 

&Ct J. S. HoiILER. 

Morrill, Kans. 

favorable to the comfort of rest in sleep are the 
shades of night— how complete the goodness and 
knowledge of God concerning the wonts of man, 
yea, of all his creatures! When God's ancient peo- 
ple turned away from him and worshiped idols, 
when they refused to keep his law and he sent his 
Prophet Ezekiel to warn them, he was instructed 
to present the warning by many striking illustra- 
tions. Iu the fifth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel 
we read that he was instructed how he should re- 
move the hair from his head and the beard from 
his face, and divide it into three parts by weight. 
Iu the midst of the City of Jerusalem he was to 
burn one-third of it, one-third he should smite about 
with a kuife, and the other third he should scatter 
in the wind, and God would draw out a sword after 
them, and when the people looked ou in astonish- 
ment, the lesson is riveted upon their minds by the 
following words: "A third part of thee shall die with 
the pestilence and with fomine shall they be con- 
sumed in the midst of theo; and a third port shall 
fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scat- 
ter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw 
out a sword after them." Can we think those un- 
fortunate Jews ever forgot that object lesson? 

After Jesus had lived in this world long enough 
to learn something of the loneliness, the sorrow 
aud heartache incident to mortal life, he points to 
the sparrow upon the housetop, to the fowls of the 
air, and says : " Behold the birds of the heavens ; they 
sow not neither do they gather into barns, yet 
tour Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not 
ye of much more value than they?" 

When anxious care crept into the hearts of his 
followers, beginning to choke the good seed, the 
beautiful lily, exceeding by far, in grace and loveli- 
ness, all the rich glory of Eiug Solomon's domain, 
he pointed it out as an object to look upon, as a 
means to increase their faith. For if God so cored' 
for his works that so soon perish aud pass away, 
how much more will he care and provide for his 
children who possess an immortal nature! 

Can a child of God ever look upon the birds of 
heaven, or upon the frail, beautiful flowers of earth, 
without a brightening faith and increasing joy? 

Surely not, if we remember how they were used 
by this Matchless Teacher as an object lesson. 
Osborne, Kans. 



Presenting an object or picture before the eye 
of a pupil in our modern schools has become both 
a sucessful and popular method of imparting knowl- 
edge. A fact thus presented to the mind, is compre- 
hended quicker and retained in the memory longer 
than by any other known method However, "by 
looking over the past in history, we see that this is 
not a new way of instraction. Ages ago the in- 
spired King David turned the eyes of the people un- 
toamost grand andlofty "object lesson "when he ut- 
tered the following eloquent language: "The heav- 
ens declare the glory of God, and the firmament 
sheweth his handiwork." "Day uuto dayuttereth 
speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge." 
Can any iutelligentbeinglookuponthestar-gemmed 
sky and full-orbed moon and not learn a lesson of 
the Glory or God, ond of his huudiwork, far, far 
exceeding the handiwork of man? 

"Day unto day uttereth speech," — every new 
morning is a voice from. God. Sweet light of day 
how could we exist, much less perform our neces- 
sary labor, without thee? 

" Night unto night showeth knowledge." How 

When the apostle tells us of his faith in the 
Son of God, who had loved him aud given him- 
self for him, he is letting us into the grand secret 
of his life. He moved onward under the con- 
straining power of a love that, had redeeemed him 
from this present evil world. Hence he forgot 
the things that were behind, and pressed forward 
with an eye fixed on meeting the Lord in glory. 
Why should not we follow in the same track? To 
rest in the things of this world, is to sit down in 
Satan's enchanted bowers. Jesus found no rest- 
ing place on earth. Let us, then, not loiter on the 
race. 'Onward' is the word. Let us be in ear- 
nest as we never were before. Our time here is. 
very short, let us not lose it in looking back. 
Time enough for that hereafter. In such a high, 
aud holy, and heavenly calling as ours, how dili- 
gent we should be! We live in peculiar days, 
when Jesus is much dishonored by his own people . 
because they ere neither hot nor cold. We are 
afraid of beiug thorough Christians. The church 
needs pressure to arouse it. She needs a great, 
tug to shake her out of the lap of the world. Let . 
us be true to our calling, making the Lord's serv- 
ice our delight; as in the days of Ezra, building 
the walls of Zion with one hand, whilst holding a. 
weapon in the other." 

"Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, 
and nothing is more contemptible than the false! 
The one guards virtue, the other betrays it." 

B7iOtTiiT?WiTTl'r'Bi Mfri — Hirr~ir— mm j 



From Garrison, Iowa. 

I HEAn considerable said about formulating 
plans in order that the Western sufferers may bs 
relieved. Since our Brethren in Northern Illinois 
have a plan which I do not think can be improved. 
I would therefore suggest that all the churches 
send their contributions to the Messenger office 
for distribution. We have waited until the winter 
is half gone. Now, brethren, lot us make a move. 
I have been traveling in Middle Iowa consider- 
ably, and I think I am safe in saying that there 
will be no plan gotten up here. I think it is not 
necessary, since we can make use of the one abov 
referred to. 

I would urge upon the dear brethren and sister: 
especially of our own district, to come forth at 
once and do our duty, and God will bless us in 
this good work. Just think how much he hos 
loaned to us! Will wo not return a part to him, 
by relieving the needy ? I herewith send S20, not 
to boast of what I am doing, but feeling to encour- 
age all to make a general move. Now is the time 
to let our Christian light shine, that the name of 
the Lord may be glorified. At my earliest con- 
venience I will see what the Garrison church 
will do. Stephen Johnson. 

From Dayton, Columbia Co., Wash. 

I left my home at Russell, Kaus., Nov. 8, foi 
Portland, Oregon, where I arrived on the 12th. 
The samo day I started for Lebanon, Linn Co., 

Ore., and crossed Lake Tobish 
the occurrence of the disaster 
wrecking of the passenger train 
the trestle work. I arrived s 
and found the members all w 
dear old sister Poebler. Sho 

few hours before 
resulting in the 
that went through 
ifely in Lebanon 
11, excepting our 
is epiite feeble. 
Both she and her husband are upwards of eighty 
years of age, but storng in the faith. 

I met our aged bi other, David Brower, from 
the Koos Valley. He is suffering from the in- 
firmities of old ago. I visited most of the mem- 
bers in Linn County; then went to Marion Coun- 
ty, east of Salem, to Bro. David Early's, visiting 
members in that church, and preaching. They 
have only one minister there, — Bro. Joseph Early. 
Bro. M. M. Bashor is their elder. There are only 
four ministers in these two churches and the 
members are much scattered. The harvest is ripe 
but the laborers aro few. I preached tweuty-fivo 
sermons while in Oregon and had meeting at nine 
different places. I left the Willamette Valley, 
Doc. 8, for Portland, where I spent tho day. 
Portland is a beautiful city, and a great thorough- 
fare. At 9 P. M. I left for Umatillo County, 
North-eastern Oregon. I stopped at Milton and 
visited sister Sarah E. Rennor, formerly from 
Kansas. She is tho only member I know of in 
this part of tho State. Dec. 10 I wont to Dayton, 
Washington, and stopped with my son. I looked 
up tho isolated members, and found that there 
were three on the Assotiu, four at Pomeroy, two 
of which I baptized on the Gtli, whilo there; two 
at Pataha; eight at Dayton (one I baptized the 
11th); ono at Huntsvillo; two at Waitsburg, Wash. 
These members are all in a radius of about fifty 
miles, and south of Snake River, except sister 
Benner, who lives at Miltou, Ore. There is no 
minister residing at Dayton, and they had no 
preaching hero for years. The prospect, however, | 

is good for building up a church here if they were 
organized and had a minister. I do hope the 
General Mission Board will seo that Bro. Sidney 
Hodgden visits them at least once a month, and 
in the spring, when seeding is over, fully organ- 
ize them. 

Further correspondence regarding these matters 
may bo had by addressing: Solomon Livengood, 
Dayton, Wash.; Adam J. Troyer, Pataha, AVnsh.; 
Elizabeth Hunt, Pomeroy, Wash. ; Sarah E. Ben- 
ner, Milton, Ore.; William F. Burnett, Starkey, 
Union Co., Ore. 

The last one named lives about twenty miles 
east of Hilgard station, down Grand Bound Ri ver. 
I understand there are about six members there, 
who should also be looked after. The Mission 
Board of Oregon is too weak to see to all these 
wants, and the distance is too great to reach them. 
The members here pay my expenses. I expect to 
leave for home Jan. 26. John Hollinger. 

Russell, Kans., Jan. 12. 

From tho Sunny South. 

I left home Dec. 15 for the South. After five 
days' travel, I reached my destination in safety, — 
Evangeline or Esterly, — where sister Punk lives. 
Her husband keeps a general stock of merchan- 
dise. The town consists of one store and post- 
office, boarding house, two hay barns, steam hay 
press and school-house. I met Bro. Sutter's 
children and soon found myself with them, going 
to their home, whore I met brother and sister Sut- 
ter for the first time. I will always remember 
their kindness to me. I met several other breth- 
ren and sisters who were friendly and kind to me. 

I find Louisiana a most beautiful country, very 
healthy and fertile. Any one that is industrious 
can have vegetables all the year. At Bro. William 
Punk's I saw peas, strawberries and early peaches 
in bloom. Wo also had fresh lettuce and cabbage 
to eat. I have lived in the West over twenty years, 
and my advice to home-seekers is to go to Louisi- 
ana whilo land is cheap. It is time to stop going 
West; it is only a matter of time, until you will 
have to loave. Any brother wishing to know 
something of Louisiana and not able to go, should 
write to Bro. Sutter, Esterly, and Bro. Wm. Punk, 
Jennings. They are good brethren, and will give 
you full information. They are interested to have 
good brethren and sisters locate with them, 
and would like to organize a church. There is 
a large field of labor in Louisiana. Who will be 
the first one to work for the Master? The South 
needs the Gospel as well as the North. 

I am now at home again and under the blessing 
of God found my dear family well. 

J. J. Wassam. 

Recce, Kans. 

From the Mahoning Church. Mahoning Co., Ohio. 

Bro. John F. Kahleh, of Stark County, com- 
menced meetings in this church Dec. 20. He 
held two meetings at the Ziou Hill house, and 
continued at the Bethel house, where he closed 
Dec. 29, with three additions by baptism. May 
the good work continue, and many be brought in- 
to the fold, to be reconciled to God through Je- 
sus Christ, our Lord. 

' In giving a sketch of the work in the Mahon- 
ing church during the year 1890, we notice that 
Bro. Bonbon Shroyer held a series of meetings at 
Zion Hill last January, which resulted in five 
starting for heaven, and entering into the king- 
dom. Again, in the spring, four persons wero 
baptized, after some meetings by Bro. Shroyer. 
Brethren N. Longaneckor and Sam. Sprankle la- 
bored very acceptably to tho church by preaching, 
as well as in council and at our Communion. 
Brethren Stuckey, Pollard and John Kahler, were j 

also nt our Communion last spring. One was bap- 
tized at our love-feast last fall. During last year 
wo had thirteen additions, — all young in years. 
May they continue faithful until death, and re- 
ceive a crown of life! Jacob H. Kuiitz. 


Bno. John Snowbehger ami wife oaino to us 
Jan. 13. Bro. Snowbsrger held four meetings for- 
us, and gave us many good admonitions. Al- 
though wo could seo no visiblo results of his la- 
bors at the time, eternity will tell the good that 
was done. 

Dec. 14th six dear souls were buried beneath 
the chilly waves with Christ in baptism. This 
made fifteen additions while Bro. Wm. Hipcs was 
with us. Although our number has been swelled 
by these additions, yet tho "Reaper of Time" has 
been among us and gathered the sheaves that 
were ripe for tho harvest. 

Jan. 15 we laid to rest our dear brother John 
Thomas. He has left a place vacant in the home 
and church that this world can nevor fill. He 
suffered for a long time, but is now at rest. Thus 
wo see God is no respecter of persons. In tho 
last year tho old soldiers of the cross, the middle- 
aged, the blooming youth, and the babe from its 
mother's arms have been called away to try tho 
realities of another world, whether they wero pre- 
pared or not. Many warnings have been given, 
yet people go on, careless and unconcerned I 

The church seems to be in love and union now. 
The clouds have passed away, and the sunshine 
of God's eternal love is showered upon us. We 
crave an interest in the prayers of God's dear 
children every-where! Alice Garbeh. 

South English, Iowa, Jan. 17. 

For the Western Sufferers. 

The Brethren, named at the close of the article 
subjoined below, met in council to consider tho 
propriety of calling a special District Meeting, 
but concluded that the expenses, incurred in hold- 
ing such a meeting, might be used as a direct in- 
vestment for tho relief of the sufferers, deeming 
that an appeal to the generosity of the Breth- 
ren would be sufficient to arouse them to a sense 
of their duty. 

Samuel M. Miller, 

Clerk of Dist. Meeting. 

To the Churches composing fhe Northern District 
of Iowa, Minnesota ami South Dakota, (/reel- 

Inasmuch as there is more or less suffering 
(even some extreme cases) among those living in 
the drouth-stricken regions of the AVest, and other 
Districts have called Special District Meetings to 
provide means for fhe relief of our members and 
their neighbors, living in those places, we the un- 
undersigned met in council and concluded to make 
a call on all members, living in the above Dislrief, 
to contribute freely towards the relief of said suf- 
ferers. All money is to be sent fo U. S. Blough, 
Waterloo, Iowa, who will send it to Bro. D. L. 
Miller for distribution and all those wishing to give 
clothing, grain, etc., will please send it to Bro. L. 
R. Peifer, wdio will forward it for distribution 
wherever needed. 

If anything is sent to the brethren named, by 
railroad or otherwise, see that charges are prepaid. 
Marcus Fowler, *) 
Jonas Liohty, | 

Samuel H. Miller, [Elders. 
William Ikenberry, | 
Samuel 31. Miller, I 
Hehschel P. Maust, Minister. 
ErilKAl.M Lu'lirv, I Members of 
URiAn S. Blough, J Dist. Miss. B'd. 


To the Sisters of the Church. 

If yon, dew sisters, have any friends in the 
West, do help them. If yon have not the money, 
open your wardrobes and see if you can find some 
laid-by clothing for those poor mothers and chil- 
dren. I know some people do not believe in this, 
but I do. I never tear up anything, Hint I think 
some poor mother might make over for her chil- 
dren. I have never offered Such things anil been 

I have a niece in the West, who wrote to me 
and said. "We have nothing. My children can 
not go barefoot iu the winter, nud I can not see 
them starve." 

I have helped them by sending n nico box of 
clothing (not all new). Here is what the needy 
one wrote back to inc.- " If you could have seen the 
four pair of little eyes, watching that box opened, 
you would have been paid for your trouble. 
As for myself, after I had examined ils contents, 
I fell down on my knees and prayed the Lord to 
give you peace and prosperity through life." 

Dear sisters, do you doubt for one moment, that 
the Lord hears the prayers of those mothers? I 
plead with you to deny yourselves of something 
and send it to the needy. It will be a long time 
before they can raise anything to eat. Many sis- 
ters in the church are asking for something to do 
in the Lord's vineyard. Nothing is more noble 
than to collect money and clothing for the needy. 
I diil without any Christmas expenditures myself, 

irder to send ten dollars to that poor family. I 
know I feel better than if I had spent it for my- 
self. TacyL. Smith.' 
Mi. Summii, Intl., Dec. S3, 1890. 

From the Belleville Church, Sans. 

Last Saturday, Jan. 3, we met for our regular 
church council. Eld. B. B. Whitmer, of Quiuter, 
Kans., had charge of the meeting, and labored 
with us to the satisfaction of all present. A good- 
ly number of the members were there nud all the 
business passed oil' pleasantly. Bro. Daniel Smith, 
from the east aim of this church, was also present 
and gave us kind words of encouragement. How 
good it is t.. see bivi hren and sisters "stand fast 
in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for 
the faith of the Gospel," and working together in 

Bro. Whitmer preached three sermons while 
with us. We are sorry that he could not remain 
with us longer. One united with the church this 
fall during Bro. Brown's meetings. 

Our Sunday-school closed last fall. DuriDg the 
summer we had a class of five little girls, who com- 
mitted to memory 1,163 verses. May we all grow 
in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and 
Savior Jesus Christ! Louisa J. Williams. 

Belleville, Kans., Jan. 5. 

From the Yellow Creek Church, III 

Nov. 22 Bro. Simon Tundt, of Mt. Morris, 111., 
came to us and began a series of meetings at Mill- 
er's school-house, near Freeport, and continued 
until Nov. 30. Bro. Yundt, during his sermons, 
did not fail to declare the Gospel in its primitive 
purity. Though there were no immediate acces- 
sions, yet we believe good impressions were mad,-. 

From the above point the meetings were moved 
to the Yellow Creek church, and we continued 
meetings here and at the Central church, from 
Nov. 30 to Dee. 9. Twelve sermons were deliv- 
ered by our brother at this place. The brother 
had very eager listeners. The best attention was 
given to the preached Word, and many were al- 
most persuaded to turn in with the offers of mer- 
cy and become Christians. 

The meetings were then discontinued at the 

above place, and began at ClayweH's school-house, 
below Loran. The meetings continued to grow in 
interest until Christmas Day, when three dear 
souls came out and coui'essed Christ. 

On Sunday following our hearts were again 
made to rejoice, when three more precious souls 
were buried with Christ in baptism. 

The meetings continued until Dee. 31, when our 
brother took his leave for home. During his stay 
with us six dear souls were initiated into the body 
of Christ. May they so live as to bo shining 
lights in the church, so that others may see their 
good works, and turn and glorify their God. 

AVhile there were others that were almost per- 
suaded, yet they were not ready to decide. May 
the Lord give them strength soon to turn, before 
it is forever too late! 

To God be the praise for the good work that 
lias been done! May his goodness sustain us all, 
keep us from all the evils of this world, and final- 
ly give us all a homo in heaven! 

Lewis E. Keltner. 
Jan. 12. 

The Brethren Church m Texas. 



N article as to the condition of the Brethren 
church, here in Texas, will, no doubt, prove inter- 
esting to many. 

There have been flattering reports of the work 
here, especially iu the Pan Handle portion of the 
State. I was there only once, nud for my pnrt I 
could not see much that was encouraging. There 
is a most excellent house of worship at Lipscomb 
City, but no minister. 

At Fnrwell, where there was a house built, the 
work is said to be a failure. 

There is one organized church in the Pan Han- 
dle, with a small membership. There are a few 
members in Wheeler County,— one minister and 
a deacon,— but, as I hear, not much preaching is 
done. The unsettled condition of the people was 
the cause of the work being a failure, as we think. 

The Williams Creek church, Cook County, is 
the oldest church in the State. She has had her 
dark days, and her membership is not large. Of 
late several have moved away, which has reduced 
her number still more. She has about twenty-two 
members, one minister (not permanently located) 
and two deacons. 

The Pleasant Valley church, in Clay County, 
has a membership of twenty-three members. 
They have, all things considered, a good meeting- 
house, and are in a prosperous condition, although 
they have lost several by emigration during the 
last two years or so. They have one minister (not 
permanently located) and four deacons. 

The Live Oak church, in Parker County, has a 
membership of ten, — two ministers,— ono in the 
second degree and one in the first, — and one dea- 
con. They are zealous in the canso of their Mas- 
and, by some aid iu their ministerial work, 
their future prospects are good. 

Our church (Nocona) is in Montague County, 
and has a membership of twenty-five. Wo have 
lost some by emigration and five were attached to 
the church in the Indian Territory. We have re- 
ceived several by baptism. We have two minis- 
ters (elders), two deacons, and feel very hopeful 
for the future. We have been here only about 

two years. 

In August of last year a church was organized 
in the Chickasaw Nation, with about twenty mem- 
bers, one minister and one deacon. 
There are six members in Erath County,— zeal- 
is workers and faithful in the cause they have 

There are six or eight members in Hunt Coun- 
y. Since Bro. W. Wylnnd left there, they have 
linister, but they are zealous,— especially Dr. 

a few other scattered r 
State, with whom we have not met. 

We have given the condition of the chinch as 
we see it, and we believe that there can and will 
be large churches built up here. It will not bo in 
n dny or so, but will take time. We need emigra- 
tion, hero as well as elsewhere, to build up the 
cause, and consecrated ministers for the great 
work. All will receive a hearty welcome, but all 
should come, not thinking they know it all, but 
desiring to live like brethren. 

We have a pleasant climate, and people who 
will work can make a comfortable living. 

Any of the above-named churches or members 
will gladly receive all faithful members willing to 
be governed by the Gospel, as understood and 
practiced by the Brethren. Let all, who wish to 
locate among us, come! Abe Molsbee. 

Nocona, Tea: 

To the Dear Brethren in Europe. 

I feel to-day to write you about the common 
salvation. You have the Mission Board and your 
thren Olsson and Hansen, who are able to cor- 
respond for you, so I will not refer to any queries 
or wishes, or wants of yours, coming under that 
head, because my private view, if different from 
theirs, would do you no good. Neither will I tell 
you nnything about temporal affairs,— the ups and 
downs of local church matters, — because all we 
can do for one another in this is on our knees, — 
in supplication to Him who has truthfully prom- 
ised, " Everything shall work together for good 
to them that love the Lord." 

This is the key-note to all success, " Love the 
Lord." H God is love, his heart yearns for love, 

— this is God's only want. Obedience by angels, 

admiration or awe,— is well enough, but love is 
better than all this. He sent out of love his only 
begotten Son, as our Sin-bearer, Sacrifice and 
Atonement. ' He keeps him at his right hand as 
our Advocate and High-priest, daily, hourly, yes, 
every moment, to defend, reconcile, and appear in 
his Father's presence in our behalf. For all this 
the Spirit was sent to us, whispering, " Do you 
love me more than these V If you love mo keep 
my commandments." 

The dangerous times for individuals, churches, 
and our Brotherhood are these, When our love 
waxes cold to him, when the bride, swallowed up 
by zeal of good works or care for this world in 
eating, drinking, clothing, and gratification of the 

it of the eye, the flesh, and the pride of life, for- 


gets the preference of him who stands at the door 
of every heart, knocking and begging to be admit- 
ted to our heart's affection, our love. Your salva- 
tion and your success in Europe, my dear Breth- 
ren, all hang on love, — love to him who loved you 

"If you love me," is that the all-pervading 
question every day, for all your actions, nil your 
words, prayer and song? If it is, happy are you. 
If not, remember, all your sacrifices have lost 
their power, all, absolutely nil, is vain, — worth 
nothing. Truly the apostle said, " This is love to 
Gpd, that wo keep his commandments." 

Is this also an evidence for us? May we not 
of fear, or for gain, share with Ananins and his 
wife, or Simon the sorcerer? Do not the many 
twistings and propositions of liberality prove now 
as then that the heart is not light before God? 
Are you aware of the difference that God makes 
between gross criminals and those characters? 
They are dead, and a divine curse falls on the 
twisters" who disregard their promises, even 
though in matters where we had no " Thus saith 
the Lord." 

While expulsion for salvation is administered 
to the immoral brother, he, though he has fallen in 
the snares of the old man, still has somo life left, 


or else his restoration would be impossible. God 
makes this difference, — lie pities the one, — not the 
other. He wants his children to do so too, — to 
comfort and restore the one, nnd bear the others 
out for burial. 

" If ye love me, keep my commandments." Are 
you doing that now in Europe? Do you remem- 
ber that he that is unfaithful in the least, is un- 
faithful also in much, that any promise, made to 
the church or him, he surely will require of your 
hands? Do you remember the Rechabites, their 
promise, and God's blessing on them, up to to the 
present day, though tho Bible is silent as to the 
necessity of their vows? Brethren, keep the 
clrurch pure of trucebreakers, and you will do 
much towards presenting Christ with a clean vir- 

Do you remember old days, our tears, and sea- 
sons of communion? If you do, you remember 
that, if we love him, we love one another. "When 
love is lost for the Brethren, the love towards God 
also passes away. The question comes by the 
Holy Spirit, " How can you love him we do not 
see?"— as much as to say, we can not. Christ 
says, " If you love me, . . love one another as 
I have loved you." 

Another thing, my dear Brethren, before I close. 
Remember Heb. 13: 17, and such things as refer 
to that, if you want to grow in grace. But if you 
want to ruin the church,— God's temple, — even 
though you be destroyed by God, be stroughead- 
ed, backbiters, false accusers, slanderers, etc., and 
• it will soon be all over, especially if you select 
those for your work of malice, whom God has set 
to give you food for your soul in due season. If 
you grumble over the food, and criticise what is 
set before you, Satan will select you, as a tit tool, 
to tear and slay tho shepherds, and scatter the 
sheep to the four wiuds of the earth. 

My dear Brethren, there is plenty of room for all. 
If you, though a lay-member, have m Eat morsel to 
give, give it humbly, in proper season. By so do- 
ing, you pave your way, soon to lie in tho lead. 

More churches have had trouble with men of 
the spirit of Korah and Dathau than from most oth- 
er causes combined, and many are the ones buried 
alive during such commotions. ''Touch not the 
Lord's saints, do his prophets no harm," — is worth 
heeding by all true Christians to-day, even in 

Do not bo discouraged, my dear Brethren, be- 
cause you are tew, and because all work against 
you. "What of it, if you are true? You are only 
for a witness till Christ comes. 

Fear not if you suffer. Dread not to die for his 
cause, whether daily or by the sword; you shall 
be resurrected and appear in due time in power 
and great glory. A double portion of everlasting 
in return for all privations, 
ver, that you are alone in trials. 
fill live godly in Christ Jesus 
ution, is as true here as there, 
one in Europe, he slays scores 

joy r shall be yc 

Think not, howt 
Every one who \ 
shall suiter persec 
While Satan slays 
here. America h 
than old Denmark 
are more general here 
tation wrecks many 
nearly every time. 

Nearly all those wb 
long for our home ch 
wo had together, aero 
this for your coniicu 


g districts, mor 
i desire for riches 
>. Blasted expec 
if fulfilled, kills 

From Ryerson Station Church, W. Va, 

AVe have been trying to preach for the people 
of this place twice a month for the last year, at 
Nauvoo school-house. The main part of the work 
rests on the writer. Our elder, Adam Wise, is in 
his eighty-third year and is too feeble to preach 
much. He fully realizes that his work is almost 

We feel encouraged that our weak efforts here, 
have not been in vain, for on Sunday, Jan. 4, two 
young women in their teens came to the house of 
the writer and requested admittance into the 
Kingdom. We took - them the same hour and 
baptized them according to the divine pattern. 
One is a niece to the writer, the other a member 
of a family, of which none are members of church 
save herself. We pray that she may prove faith- 
ful and be able to win the rest of the family to 
Christ. We think if some good evangelist co\ild 
come and help us, much good might be done, but 
we are too poor to procure such help. If any of 
our ministers, traveling over the B. & O. R. R., 
will slop off at Glen Easton, W. Ya., they will be 
kindly cared for, and they could help to advance 
Christ's kingdom. Andrew Chambers. 

Glen Easton, W. Va. 

From Nocona, Texas. 

To-day, Jan. 4, was our regular appointment at 
Nocona. We have fair congregations, and good 
attention to the Word preached. At the close of 
the evening meeting one came forward, wishing 
to cast her lot with the people of God. May many 
more follow ere the year closes. 

Yesterday was our regular quarterly meeting, 
held at the house of Bro. Henry Brubaker. We 
had a very pleasant meeting, filled with tho spirit 
of love and of Christ. 

The business passed off pleasantly and, we hope, 
profitably to the church. It, was resolved that 
we choose a regular correspondent, and also a 
regular solicitor and agent for our paper and 
books. Bro. A. J. Wine was chosen correspond- 
ent, and Bro. David Berkman, solicitor and agent. 
The mission work received encouragement as it 
has in all the councils I have attended, here in 
Texas. As for the members in Texas I must say 
they are as liberal as any I have ever met, taking 
into consideration that nearly all have but limited 
means. Abe Molsbee. 

From Middletown, Ind. 

Bro. I. J. Rosenberg er commenced a series of 
meetings in the Upper Eall Creek church, Ind., 
Nov. 25, preaching the Word with great power and 
simplicity. Nov. 30, after the forenoon services, 
Bro. Rosenberger went to the Orphans' and Aged 
Persons' Home of the Southern District of Indiana 
and preached to the inmates. Tho aged sisters 
rejoiced to hear tho Gospel preached to them by 
our dear brother. 

Bro. Rosenberger returned to Middletown for 
evening services, and preached night and day with 
fair congregations and good interest. In the after- 
noon of Dec. 7th he gave a lecture, establishing 
by the Gospel that the Lord's Supper should be a 
full meal. A very large congregation was present 
upon this occasion, and great interest was mani- 

On the night of Dec. 15 we closed our meetings. 

o immigrated from Europe, and the sweet hour 

3S the briny waters. I writ 

t, to encourage you and to 
show you, homo is sweet and no place on earth 
like it. To go to foreign countries is generally a 

loss for the soul, and often disappointment for the | While eight persons were made to feel the need of 
body, for those of mature years. a Savior, and decided to choose that good part, 

I must close. We pray for you always, think I many more were made to feel the importance of a 
of you daily, and hope you do the same. May 1 proper choice. 

God bless you evermore, and finally save us all in Let us, as brethren and sisters, not neglect the 
his second appearing. Amen. Our united love | babes iu Christ. If we sec them make mistakes, 
to you all. Cur. Hope. \ time after time, and walking iu forbidden paths, 

we should speak words of encouragement to them,, 
and not be so ready to tell their faults to some one' 
else. Let us put forth a greater effort and more' 
energy to teach them the principles and the doc- 
trines of Christ! Henry L. Fadely.. 
Honey Creek, Ind. 

From the Beaver Dam Church, Ind. 

This church has just closed one of the most en- 
joyable series of meetings ever held here. Dec. 
19 Bro. Isaac Miller, of North Manchester, came, 
to lis and preached for us until Monday evening, 
when Bro. John Stafford, of DeKalb County, came' 
to our assistance and preached the AVord with 
power. Oil* congregations were not, at all times,, 
as large as at some former meetings, but the order' 
was good As an immediate result of our meet- 
ings one was baptized and two reclaimed. We be- 
lieve the brethren and sisters were strengthened! 
in the faith and more closely united in love. Oms 
meetiugs closed on the evening of Jan. 1, with a 
good interest among all. May our Heavenly Fa- 
ther work in the hearts of his people, so that a. 
mighty work may be done, to tho upbuilding of. 
Christ's kingdom! Samuel E. Buhketv 

From Eglon, W. Va. 

AVe began a series of meetings at this place on 
New Year's evening, 1891, and closed Jau. 11.. 
Brethren Jonas and Tobias Fike did the preach-. 
ing. They gave us good instructions. As a re- 
sult of their labor four were baptized and ono 
reclaimed. The brethren and sisters were much 
built up in their faith. It was joy to us to see so. 
many come to Christ. 

Nothing scarcely affords Christians more joy 
than to see men and women fiockiug into the fold 
of God. Why is it that mauy tarry so long?' 
There are numbers, we believe, whose intention it 
is, at some time or other, to join in with the peo- 
ple of God and render unto him their services. 
The resolution would be a good one if it were not. 
put off. Wiry not come now? In order to bring 
our will into subjection to what we know to bo a. 
duty, we must make use of violent means. Christ 
tells us that the kingdom of heaven "suffereth 
violence, and the violent take it by force." Matt. 
11: 12. AVe infer from this text that we must do 
violence to the corrupt nature within us, in bring- 
ing our will in subjection to the will of God, and. 
thus take the kingdom of heaven by force. 

Rachel AVeimer. 

Hudson Happenings. 

Our little congregation at Hudson, 111., en- 
joyed a series of meetings, — commencing on 
Christmas Day,— by Bro. C. S. Holsinger. His 
first sermon was on the forenoon of that day, upon 
the nativity of Christ. While we have heard, at 
all the Christmas meetings, we have ever attended, 
the same " Glad Tidings," we never tire of tho re- 
petition. After preaching seventeen sermons in 
all, we closed our meetings Jan. 7. Two of the 
sermons were preached by Bro. B. F. Masterson, 
who dropped in while on his way from Chenoa, 
where he had been preaching. We had no ac- 
cessions to the church, but we trust that seeds 
have been sown, that will result in a bouutifut 
harvest in the future. Our meetings, owing to 
sickness in the neighborhood, were not as largely 
attended as we would have liked to see, yet we 
were encouraged by the presence of brother and 
sister Zuck, and sister Forney, of Chenoa, HI. 
Sister Mattie A. Lear, who consented to talk to us 
on the last evening of her sojourn with us, but 
rain, and sickness on her part, put an end to our 
anticipations. Thos. D. Lyon. 


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iand of Jl -i;s, should be observed in the church. 
That the Lord's S-jpprr. imtitul.J by Clirist and as universally ob- 
r'y Christians, is a full meal, and, in 
■ ■ ' ■.i.iTumiion. should It l.ib.n in the evening or afltr 
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Have yon the Brethren's Family Almanac for 
1891? If not, send for a copy at once; rates, 10 

Bbo. H. S. CLAYrooL, of Lewis County, "West 
Virginia, reports one added to the church by bap- 

Bbo. D. B. Gibson is holding meetings at Litch- 
field, Illinois. Seven applicants for baptism, and 
the meetings continue with increasing interest. 

If you are in need of good books we can furnish 
yon at publishers' prices, and on some publications 
can give you a reduction from regular prices. 
Write us for rates. 

The meetings, held in the College Chapel, last 
week, were very largely attended. Standing room 
was not to be had part of the time- Oar present 
chapel is much too small, and we are looking for- 
ward to the time when we shall be able to occupy 
the new chapel, which will be sometime during 
the early part of the coming summer. 

Bito. J. C. Murray, after closing the serie: 
meetings at Lanark, 111., will commence work at 
1 In- Silver Creek church, near this place, and con- 
tinue several weeks. 

B110. J. E. Keller, of Hope, Kans., informs us 
that he has a large number of old issues of the 
Gospel Messenger, which he will gladly send 
to any person desiring them. Write to Bro. Kel- 
ler as above. 

Bro. Abe Molsbee, of Texas, says: ".There was 
one applicant for baptism at our last meeting, on 
the 4th inst. "We hope more will soon come. We 
are having some cold weather just now, with snow 
on the ground." 

Friend E. C. Morris, of Windsor, Shelby Co., 
111., writes that his wife is a member of the church, 
but that they have not heard the Brethren preach 
for fifteen years Hen- is an opening for the 
Mission Board of Southern Illinois. 

Bbo. Jas._E. Gish preached in the Chapel at 
this place on Sunday, the ISth inst. Subject, 
The Lord's Supper. He gave us a plain, practical 
talk, full of strong points. In the evening Bro. 
Seibert, of Iowa, preached a good eermon ; subject, 
" Overcoming the World/' 

Bbo. B. H. Miller has so far recovered fiis 
health as to be able to preach occasionally, and to 
do some work on his book. He is not able to trav- 
el or hold series of meetings, but we are glad that 
he has improved so far that he is able to resume 
work on the new edition of the "Doctrine of the 
Brethren Defended." 

Bno. James R. Gish goes from Mt. Mor 
his home at Roanoke, 111., where lie will 
few weeks, and then return again to his field of 
labor in Arkansas. He has spent several years at 
Stuttgart, and feels that it is his duty to look after 
work there. May the Lord bless the efforts of 
brother as he goes out on the frontier to labor 
for the salvation of souls. 

The Southern California?!, published at Lords- 
burg, Cal, by Bro. T. J. Nair & Co., comes to us 
this week much improved in appearance. The pa- 
per is devoted to the interests of Southern Cali- 
fornia, and is full of fresh, interesting items con- 
cerning the land of sunshine and flowers. Wo 
congratulate the proprietors on the improved ap- 
pearance of their paper, and wish them success in 
their enterprise. 

Death severs the dearest ties that bind human 
hearts together. No home, however happy, how- 
ever peaceful and pleasant, is exempt from the vis- 
its of this destroyer of earthly hopes. We are 
forcibly reminded of this in the sad news, just 
received, of the death of sister Frantz, wife of 
Bro. Isaac Frantz, of Pleasant Hill, O. We ex- 
tend to our dear Bro. Isaac and his bereaved chil- 
dren our warmest sympathy in their sad afflic- 
tion. May God comfort them! 

The following sums have been pledged for the 
Chicago meeting-house since our last report: 

Levi Stump and wife, Ligonier, Md., . . . . S 10 00 

Sister Kate C. Kessler, Ligonier, 10 00 

Catharine Mohler, Mechauicsburgh, Pa.,. 10 00 

E. Goughenour, Livingston, Montana, 10 00 

James R. Gish, Stuttgart, Ark., 50 00 


G. B. Knepper, Dunkerton, Iowa, 10 00 

E. B. Knepper, Dunkerton, Iowa, 5 00 

L. E. Knepper, Dunkerton, Iowa, 3 00 

Susan Nowsen, Dunkerton, Iowa, 2 00 

Geo. Funderburgh, Donnelsville, Ohio,... 10 00 

Bbo. Geo. W. Gripe informs us that he has 
just closed a series of meetings with the Brethren 
of the Dry Creek church, Linn Co., Iowa. He is 
now laboring with the Brethren at Clarence, 
Cedar Co., Iowa, where, we hope the Lord will 
continue to bless his labors. 

The Brethren of the Garrison church, Benton 
Co., Iowa, commenced,— as Bro. Peter Forney in- 
forms us,— an interesting series of meetings Jan. 
16. Bro. J. A. Murray, of Waterloo, is doing the 
preaching. A special song service is being 
conducted in connection with the meetings, by 
Bro. Sam. Fike, of the South Waterloo church, 

We have a clipping from an Eastern paper sent 
us by Bro. O. H. Elliot, of Ohio, in which the 
correspondent, whoever he may be, draws very 
largely on an active imagination in describing tho 
new church building at Coventry, Pa. Under the 
facile pen of the correspondent the bronzed iron 
trimmings on the seats, which are made so that 
they can be conveniently used on love-feast occa- 
sions, become "illuminated with gokjl." The neat 
arrangement for lighting the church grows into 
" a grand central chandelier, which flashes forth a 
hundred lights at the evening service." Then the 
comfortable seats are said to be " covered with 
rich plush cushions," and the floor overlaid with 
" ahaudsome Brussels carpet." We attended serv- 
ices in the Coventry church, and while we wore 
impressed with the fact that the brethren had 
gone to some needless expense, we know that tho 
clipping above referred to greatly misrepresents 
the brethren and their new church. Wo were so 
well pleased with the seating arrangement that wo 
asked the chairman of the Building Committee to 
send us a model of the castings used, with a view 
of having them used in our new chapel at this, 
place. It might have been as well to have let this 
misrepresentation pass without notice, as hun- 
dreds of others have gone; but we refer to it, not 
that we have any hopes that the correspondent 
will make a correction, but that the minds of our 
Brethren, who have read the clipping, may tosomo 
extent bs relieved. 

Dr. Wayland, of Philadelphia, thus pictures 
the prevalent notion of success and failure so com- 
mon among us to-day. He says: "Our standards 
of success and failure are material. We say, 
'Did you hear of the great misfortune that has 
come to our friend Brown?' 'Why, no; what is 
the matter?' 'Why, he has lost everything he 
had in the world! ' ' What! has he lost his char- 
acter? Has he lost his conscience? Has lie lost 
his health? Has he lost his wife and children? ' 
' Oh no; but he has lost his money; he has not a 
cent left after paying his debts. And do you know 
of the great success gained by our friend Smith?' 
' No, I am glad to hear of it. Has he conquered 
that habit of lying that he had? Has ho left off 
drinking and swearing, and has he become an 
honest, clean man?' Oh, no! but he has been 
elected to Congress.' And the mind stands before 
tho vision of gieat possibilities." How true to 
life are these words! Material success, money, 
political and social advancement are held to be 
the greatest good, and character, integrity and 
honesty are relegated to a secondary place. And 
are we not constantly falling into the same line of 
judging of success and failure in life, when we 
place so much store on financial success and visit, 
on those who fail, our censure? The worst thing 
that happens to some men is that they have made 
much money, and the best thing that comes to 
others is the loss of wealth. Too much money has 
ruined many souls, and so long as we overestimate 
wealth the destruction will continue. 


Our brother, Dr. A. V\ r . Reese writes, under date 
• of Jan. 14, as follows: "I was to see Bra. S. S. 
Mohler lately, and find him still quite feeble, but 
think ho is mending slowly. Ho has had a long 
hard siege of it. The Brethren should remember 
him in their prayers." 

The New York Independent publishes letters 
from one hundred and nineteen senators and rep- 
resentatives of the United States Congress on the 
question of opening the Columbian Exposition, 
which is to be held in Chicago in 1803, on Sunday. 
Of this number only twenty-four are unqualifiedly 
in favor of violating the Lord's Day by keeping 
the Exposition open. The great majority favor 
closing on Sunday. The reasons assigned by the 
statesmen who responded to the Independents 
letter of' inquiry, make an interesting chapter. 
We give the opinion of Mr. Morse, of Massachu- 
setts. He says: "I get my opinion on the subject 
of opening the Columbian Exposition on the 
Lord's Day from an old law book that antedates 
any United States law book, that reads as follows: 
'Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. 
Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, but 
the seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. 
In it thou shalt not do any work,' etc. And I say 
further, we profess to be a Christian nation, and 
we can not afford to set such an example to the na- 
tions of the world. I firmly believe that the pros- 
perity of an individual, a family, a state or a na- 
tion may be measured by its regard for the Sab- 
bath Day, and God forbid that we should be miin- 
" hered among and share the fate of the nations that 
forget God!" These are words fitly spoken, and 
we trust the Christian sentiment of this country 
will prevail, and that we shall not have a national 
-desecration of the Lord's Day in 1893. 


man. For 
you know, 
in Boston. 
Million Doll, 

lay make a milliou dollars and be— a 
. man who has got a million dollars, 
a man — in Now York, and I suppose, 
Everybody takes his hat off to Mr. 
conciliated, he is respect- 

ed, and if there is any prospect that the dew will 
be shaken off his branches he is invited every- 
where. If a man has a million dollars he is a 
man; but he dies, and his million dollars is cutin- 
to four quarters, and four persons carry it off 
their several ways. Mr. Million Dollars, after 
appropriate funeral, is buried, and there he li 
and in a few years nobody talks about him, : 
body thinks about him, nobody hears about h 
In fifty years the shrewdest man might go and 
read his gravestone and find, 'Mr. Million Dol- 
lars.' '"Who was he and where is his money? 
And it would puzzle an antiquary to tell what 
those four heirs did do with it. It puzzled them 
after a few years to tell where it had gone to. He 
made his money; it gave him power and influence; 
he distributed it among his heirs; yes, he distrib- 
uted it, and they squandered it; he died and went 
to dust, and that was the last of him, so far as 
world is concerned; I don't know what became of 
him beyond. But suppose that instead of that h> 
had made himself his own executor, and had put 
fifty thousand dollars behind a printing press, and 
said, 'As long as interest lasts' on that fiftjj thou, 
sand dollars, work, press, work! ' Suppose he had 
taken some treatise written for liberty, based up- 
on the Bible, and carrying out the vital powe 
the Gospel, and had taken another fifty thousand 
dollars and put it into the hands of the Tract So- 
ciety, saying, 'I consecrate to the printing of that 
book this fifty thousand dollars; work with that 
money as long as it can bear interest.' Suppo; 
he had taken five hundred thousand dollars and 
appointed them his sentinels — stationing fifty 
thousand dollars there, and there, and there — they 
would go on working until the last trump sounds; 

nd when a hundred years had passed over his 
;rave, his name, through that society, would still 
bo fresh, nnd his influence potent for good. Ev- 
y tract would bear his name upon its imprint, 
and a million tombstones could not make it so il- 


"We have recently printed for the Book and 
Tract Committee, seventy-six thousand Tracts to 
be used in the spread of the Gospel. Among 
others we note the following: 

" Salvation: or, The Glad Tidings," by Bra. B. C. 
Moomaw. The subject of salvation is presented 
under the following heads: 

1. Man's Ruin. 
. 2. Christ's Sacrifice. 

3. Man's Redemption. 

Bro. Moomaw treats the subject at some length 
in his well-known, crisp and forcible style. The 
tract contains fourteen pages, and should have an 
extended circulation, 

"The Origiu of Single Immersion," by Bro. 
.James Quinter, with an appendix by Bro. J. H. 
Moore, has gone through a largo number of 
editions. It is one of the best tracts we have for 
general circulation. It was first printed a number 
of years before the Tract Work was fully estab- 
lished, and has had a wide circulation. It ranks 
among the very best doctrinal tracts that we have 
on our. tract list. It ought to be extensively cir- 
culated among single immersionists. It contains 
eight pages, and is sold at §1.50 per hundred. 

" Ten Reasons for Trine Immersion," by Bro. 
I. M. Gibson, is also an excellent tract. The 
reasons given are logical and conclusive, and those 
who are investigating the subject will find th 
tract very helpful. 

"Intemperance and its Evils," is ably treated i 
a four-page tract by Bro. John Rife, and a one 
pnge leaflet by Sarah M. Saunders. The evils of 
intemperance are apparent to every observer, and 
we ought to use all our endeavors to rid o\ 
country of this great evil. 

"A Personal Appeal," and " Christ and War 
by Daniel Vaniman, "The "Whole Gospel Must 
be Obeyed," by A. Flory, and " Gold and Costb 
Array," " "Why Am I Not a Christian ? " " Sovim 
Words," "Pause and Think," by Bro. S. W. Hoov 
er, are one-page tracts or. leaflets, the titles of 
which fully indicate the subjects treated. " Faith, 
by Bro. B. C. Moomaw, and " Life and Death 
by sister Fanny Morrow, complete the present 
issue of tracts. 

In looking over the list we find a number of ex 
cellent doctrinal works, and we especially com 
mend these to the notice of our readers. While 
the tracts are all good, and can be circulated with 
profit, yet we need especially to send out tracts, 
setting forth, in clear and forcible language, 
doctrines of the church. Essays on Morality 
Christian Duty, on Inviting Sinners to Christ, on 
Intemperance. The use of tobacco and kindred 
topics have their place and are useful, but until 
the doctrines of the Gospel, as accepted and 
practiced by our church, are more widely dissemi- 
nated, and our people are better and more general- 
ly known, doctrinal tracts should take the lead, 
and we should double our zeal in distributing 
them. We are glad to know that the Tract Com. 
mittee are with us as to the necessity of sending 
out doctrinal tracts. 

Seventy-six thousand tracts! Who can tell what 
good, under the blessing of God, these messengers 

may accomplish in the world. It but one soul is 
brought to Christ, they will have accomplished a 

and mission. If one soul is brought nearer the 
Truth, the money expended in sending them out 
will have boen well spent, Who can tell? God 
alone knows, and eternity only will disclose the 
good these white-winged messengers may accom- 

And what lot and part have you, brother, sister, 
in this work? Do these tracts go out because of 
some help, be it ever so little, that you have given 
to the work? Are you doing your duty toward this 
important church work? Are you giving as the 
Lord has prospered you? If not, do not expect to 
have any part, or lot in the blessings that fall by 
the way in this work. If souls are brought to 
Christ through the influence of the Tract Work, 
and you are not* helping, can you expect an added 
star to your crown? Nay, verily! Give cs God 
prospers you, and the blessings will be upon you! 

The Tract Work needs funds to push the work 
of sending out tracts. Without money the work 
can not go on. Let us see to it that all that is 
needed is placed in the hands of the committee, so 
that the good work be not hindered. 


Amount reported in No. 2, $149 12 

Libbie T. Bailey, Ashland, Ohio, 1 00 

A sister, Funkstown, Md., 10 00 

A brother and sister, LoPlace, 111., 5 00 

Samuel Smith, Sterling. Ohio, 5 00 

S. Shaver, Bellefontaine, Ohio 4 05 

Bra. J. S. Si-., Hudson, HI., 5 00 

A sister, Baltimore, Md., 100 

D. Hollinger, Weaver's Station, Ohio,. . . . 2 00 

Anna Shaefer, Urbana, III., 3 50 

D. D. Blickenstalf and wife, Edna Mills, 

Ind., 10 00 

S. Johnson, Garrison, Iowa, 20 00 

A. L. Snowberger, Wichita, Ivans., 1 00 

John and Rebecca Kuisely, Ind 2 50 

J. A. Myers, Malvern, 111., 1 00 

J. A. Traxler and wife, McConib, 111 5 00 

D. Smith and wife, Union Deposit, Pa.,. . . 5 00 
J. F. Bowman, New Pittsburg, Ohio, .... 1 00 

H. P. Moyer, Harleysville, Pa., 1 00 

G. AY. Shirlarn, Fairview, Md., 2 70 

E. A. Brooks, Farmland, Ind. 1 00 

C. B. Landis, Mananda Hill, Pa 5 00 

A sister, New Lebanon, Ohio, 2 00 

A. W. Bowman, North Manchester, Ind.,. 50 

Frederica Redeye, North Manchester, Ind., 50 
Phebe Puterbaugh, North Manchester, 

Ind., 1 50 

Mary Coblett, North Manchester, Ind 50 

Robert Metzger, North Manchester, Ind.,. 50 

D. S. T. Puterbaugh, North Manchester, 

Ind., 3 50 

Susan Heeter, North Manchester, Ind., . . 1 00 

A brother, North Manchester, Ind., 25 

Jos. Click, Bridge water, Va., 5 00 

Joseph, Sarah, Mary and Lillie Weidner, 

Nevada, Iowa, 3 25 

A sister, Donnels Creek church, Ohio,. ... 50 00 

H. K. Miller, Huntsdale, Pa., 1 00 

J, P. Holsiuger, Bidgely, Md, 5 00 

Meadow Branch church, Md 13 00 

Total, 8333 97 

S33H.07. Mount Morris, 111, Jan. 17, 1891. 

Received of the Brethren's Publishing Co, 
the sum of three hundred thirty-eight dollars and 
ninety-seven cents, to be used for Western suf- 
ferers. Daniel li. Price, 

Treasurer of Northern Illinois. 


Missionary and Tract Work Department. 

ca the first day of Oil \w 
y one of you lay by him 
S God hath prospered h 
crcbenoeatheiinc! whi 
—i Cor. 16: 2. 

"Every man acceding /.■ his utility:' " Every one <r ( G v/ /j<?//j /»j 
fcrcdhim" "Everyman,.;,, ...'. ■'..:. £iw.', so ]< 

him five." "Eur if flu-re he lir-l a willing mind, it is ;i«v|.i< I ■ 
io that a tnan k.Uh, and not according t-.i he hath not."— 2 Cor. S: 1 

Organization of Missionary Committee. 


Mt. Mori 
■ Mt. Mori 

Organization of Book and Tract Work. 

Dayton, Olilo. 
Dayton, Ohio. 

,' lor Tr.-.ct W01!; should he f 

^-Solicitors arc requested to faithful 
Meeting, that all our member? be solicit 
year for the Mission and Tract Work of I 

^-Notes for the Endowment Fund c 



"Studv to shew tin self approved unto God, a workman that 
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of 
truth."— -2 Tim. ;: 15. 

Reading an editorial iii Gospel Messenger No. 
25, Tolume 2S, under the above caption, my mind 
was somewhat exercised, on a j)oiut of interest to 
religious bodies, more or less, in reference to the 
Scriptural qualifications of ministers. 

As to the question, whether a classical educa- 
tion is an essential qualification, this is no longer 
doubted by most of the popular churches of this 
age. Indeed, a man would have no showing with- 
out it, even if his natural ability and Christian 
character were all that could be desired. 

This popular sentiment is rapidly growing in 
our beloved Brotherhood, as is seen by some of 
the articles in our church paper, and the frequent 
letters we received from young ministers on that 
point, and the number of our ministers leaving 
the field and going to school. It is getting to be a 
question in our mind, however, whether there te 
not too much stress put on that one supposed qual- 

If a classical education is such an important 
factor in preaching the Gospel understandingJy 
and impressively, as some suppose, it should 
receive the encouragement of all God's people, ' 
and the committee made a mistake iu nob noticing 
it as a prominent qualification. Doubtless they, I 
with many others, could not see much in a classi- j 
cal course, as given in our schools (outside of the ! 
Bible class), that would be of any special benefit 
to a Gospel preacher. 

Thousands to-day are weeping over a ministry 
that is a mere sounding brass, or a tinkling cym- 
bal: studying to show themselves approved unto; 
meD, instead of God, as our text requires. The \ 
form seems to be retained, but the power is lost. I 
Religion, through the ministry, is a work too ! 
much or the head, and not enough of the heart j 

Judging by the zeal manifested by some, out 
remarks might be considered erroneous, bui seal) 
is not a true teat of the Gospel work oi tin tiearl 
We hope better things of our brethren, 
we thus speak. History may repeat itself, hence 

lol as watch and guard. Jer. 5: 31, 32 is living 
yet, and daily repeated. 

The Savior doubtless meets the point in ques- 
tiou when we remember that he selected the illit- 
i rate for his apostles. We are told, however, that 
fchey went to school to Christ for three years. 
That is true. What were their studies'? They 
are all recorded in the Bible,— and three years' 
close, hard study of those lessons, will qualify a 
man better to save himself and them that h 
him (2 Tim. 4: 16), than seven years in a college 
without them, 

It was said of the Savior that he did not know his 
letters; or had uever learned. See John 7:15. All 
this teaches something, and that is, that the Gos- 
pel can be understood and taught by illiterate 
men, aud successfully too. 

Many of our ministers are becoming discour- 
aged by sentiment, strongly advanced in favor of 
an educated ministry, and they being uneducated, 
and not having means sufficient to obtain it, 
write for advice. To such I say, for their en- 
couragement, The Lord requires uo impossibili- 
ties. He will give you grace to perform all he 
asks of you, even though you can not compete 
with your brother who may possess superior tal- 
ents, and have the means to obtain an education. 
Go to work with what you have. If you have but 
one talent, you only have one to gain, while he 
that hath ten must gain ten. 

If you have no Bible, perhaps the brethren will 
help you buy one. Yes, I am sure, if a brother 
lives and labors with his hands as Paul did, and 
economizes as he should, that the brethren will 
help to buy what I think is necessary, — a Bible, 

Bible Dictionary, a Dictionary to learn the 

inning of words, etc., Cruden's or Brown's Com- 
plete Concordance. Then go to work, as many be- 
6 ire yi iu have dune, aud were considered successful 

First " take heed to thyself," preach by action, 
rule your spirit, deal honestly in the sight of all 
men. In short, try and live so that you have the 
best influence over those who are the best ac- 
quainted with you. If your neighbors like you, 
they will listen to you if you have but little to say. 
Never talk to put iu time. Always try and say 
something when yen speak. Say it trembling. 
If your heart beats with fear of man, and your re- 
sponsibilities, do not be alarmed. Press on! If 
the tears dim your eyes so you can not see well to 
read, wipe them off, and you will see tears of sym- 
pathy in the congregation. You will get courage, 
and all wiil be edified, — not because there was an 
eloquent sermon preached, but because it came 
from the heart and touched the heart and good 
was done. 

But you say you have "no time to study your 
sermons/" You do not need that, particularly. 
u says half an hour is enough for him. 
Be sure, however, that you study the Scriptures, 
so you get a general knowlege of them, — and that 
you can do by putting a small Testament in your 
pocket, and at noon, or iu the evening, you can 
hunt up the references. Then don't wait till Sun- 
day to preach; you can preach any time if there is 
no one present. Preach to the horses when in the 
stable or while ploughing, preach to the trees 
when in the forest, preach to yourself in the field, 
and it will do you much more good, than to 6taud 
fchi glass, Like the theological student, to 
watch Lis gesturea and correct them. 

You may say, "I would be ashamed to have any 
one know (hat I thus preached with no one pres- 
ent but myself." Let me give you an instance to 
explain, so you need not be ashamed. I knew a 
brother in Pennsylvania, about thirty-five years 
ago, who, riding across the mountains, twenty 
miles after meeting and being alone, had a good 
time for meditation. He committed two chapters 

to memory, and in his meditations unconsciously 
began to preach on horseback, and beating the 
air with his hands. Two unsuspecting neighbors 
who were sitting a short distance in the field, 
herding cattle, were made to inquire whether the 
brother was drunk that evening, when he came 
home. A brother need not be ashamed of being 
accused for drinking too much wine under such 

Preaching should bo done in a spirit more liko 
this: When your neighbor's house is on fire, you 
do not study loug how you would awaken him, or 
what kind of language you would employ, but you 
would use every effort to inform the inmates of 
their danger. Your zeal and earnestness would 
produce the effect more than the means employed. 
In saving souls it would be better for us ministers 
to keep our eyes on the crowd that is rushing 
down the broad road to destruction. Think of the 
value of one soul, and what it cost to save that 
soul, and get the feeling worked up in your own 
heart. Then preaching will go comparatively 
easy. God bless the ministry! 

Booth, Kans. 



Number Three. 

Now we shall notice the charge given to the 
rverseers, as given by Paul, and his reasons for 
;o doing. He saith to the shepherds, "Take heed 
therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, 
over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you 
;seers, to feed the church of God, which he 
hath purchased with his own blood. For I know 
this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves 
enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Aleo 
of your own selves shall men arise, speaking per- 
e things, to draw away disciples after them." 
Acts 20: 28-31. 

Here you can" see why Paul gave the strict 
charge, which he did, to the watchman, and you 
will further notice, that he was declaring what 
should take place in the church after he was gone. 
Hence he was prophesying, and his prophecy has 
certainly come true, even in these days. For he 
said, — "Also of your own selves shall men arise, 
speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples 
after them." 

i seems that some men have a desire to be 
leaders, and have followers, — somebody to look 
up to them, and follow after them. Paul says, 
these characters shall be found in the church — 
and he is telling what shall take place iu the 
church of Christ. Reader, have you any place to 
make the application'? The outlook is not very 
flattering for such leaders, when we notice the his- 
tory of such characters in the past. We will here 
refer to a case or two, as follows: "For before 
these days rose up' Theudas, boasting himself to 
be somebody; to whom a number of men, about 
four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; 
and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, 
aud brought to nought." 

Here, you can see what became of Theudas and 
his followers. They were "scattered and brought 
to naught." And the case is continued by saying, 
" After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the 
days of the taxing, and drew away much people 
after him: he also perished, and all, even as many 
as obeyed him, were dispersed." Acts 5: 36- 
39. And it would not bo amiss, for all who have 
been engaged, or contemplate working, in the bus- 
iness of proselyting, and trying to draw away dis- 
ciples from the church, — to take a view of the 
ground over which their ancestors have traveled, 
and view the final landing. For the condition 

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27, 1S01. 


Theudns and Judos is but the natural end of such 
a course, — no difference who follows it. 

Here we call attention to the conclusion and 

wise counsel of Ga 

I say unto yc 
them alone; i 

even to fight 
This courts* 
timed, and ou 
principles, as 
eminent of hi 
and cha 

, Refn 

r if th 

idiel, as follows: "And now 
in from these men, and let 
5 counsel or this work bo of 
iougnt:But if it be of God, 
it; lest haply ye be found 
God." Acts 5: 38, 39. 
[monition arc certainly well- 

rated by Christ for the gov- 

mal in the 


cter, and therefore can not be destroyed. 

Now, wo introduce one more case, as follows, 
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the 
last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 
and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? 
for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue 
as they were from the beginning of the creation." 
2 Pet.' 3: 3, 4 

Hero it is claimed that there is uo evidence of 
any change, indicating the coming of Christ, for 
it is said that " all things contiuue as they were 
from the beginning of the creation." ~\Vc will 
cite one case only, and this case came in the line 
of the writer's own work. We had delivered a 
discourse on the evidences of the near approach 
of the time when the dispensation would change, 
and a new phase of things would bo ushered in. 
We were met the next day by a mau who made 
no small pretensions to Christianity. He intro- 
duced the case by saying, that he wanted mo to 
prove that the apostles were divinely inspired, be- 
fore I would call on -the people to receive their 
testimony on that subject. He said, " Can you do 
it?" Upon this he appealed to fixed laws that 
governed in the universe, saying, "Why, just 
view the planetary system, every star, sun and 
moon, and earth, too, all'niove in their proper orb- 
its. Now," said he, in the spirit of triumph, 
"where is the evidence of any such change as you 
allude to? — for all things continue as they were 
from the beginning." I then answered, "I am at 
no loss now, for the proof that the apostle Peter 
was inspired. I make use of you, as my witness. 
Ton have now said just what peter said hundreds 
of years ago, that men would say, in the last days." 

So our friend left tho matter without any fur- 
ther proof. The signs of the times indicate that 
the change of the dispensation must soon come. 
For the present I close on this subject. May the 
Lord help us to understand his Word! 


The following is a report of the Secretary 
the General Church Erection and Missiom 
Committee for the quarter ending Jan. 5, 1801: 

Interest on Vaniman Note S 21 

Botetourt church, Ya 5 

Altoona church, Pa 13 

Amos lYIoomaw, Monroe, Iowa • ■ . - 1 

North-eastern District of Ohio, Ashland 

church 14 

North-eastern District of Ohio, Chippewa 

church 16 

North-eastern District of Ohio, Jonathan 

Creek church '. . . .1 

Jesse Wagoner, Frauklintown, Pa 1 

A sister, Funkstown, Md 25 

Grundy County church, Iowa 10 

Pine Creek church, lnd 9 

Honey Creek church, Mo 4 

Daniel Barrick, Byron, 111 3 

Jacob Barrick, Byron, 111 5 

Walnut church, lnd 4 

J. H. Kichards, Maitland, Pa 2 

Covina church, Cal 14 

Sugar Creek church, Ohio 21 

George, Willie and Mary Wittenmyer, Cen- 

terville, Iowa 3 00 

C. H. Brechbile, Monticello, lnd 5 00 

South Waterloo church, Iowa 20 00 

lack Creek church, Ohio 16 00 

Yellow Kiver church, lnd 5 00 

Tacy L. Smith, Mt. Summit, lnd 11 00 

A sister, Brookside, W. Va 1 00 

A brother, Menoken, Kans 1 00 

Henry Balsbaugh, Harrisburg, Pa 1 00 

L. P. Keim, Kent, Iowa 1 00 

George Chamberliu, Coloradi 50 

H. L. Shaffer and wife, Wawaka, hid 1 25 

1. N. Shanower and wife, Wawaka, lnd. . . 75 

A brother, Waterloo, Iowa 3 50 

Sarah Bricker, Qnilceue, Wash 3 00 

E. R. Wimer, Salem, Oregon 4 40 

Covington church, Ohio 25 68 

Pine Creek Sunday-school, 111 1 25 

Sugar Creek Sunday-school, 111 7 19 

Brethren's Missionary Meeting, Monticel- 
lo, lnd 10 00 

Joseph A. Price, Mt. Morris, 111 5 00 

Jennie E. Fast, Minneapolis, Minn 1 00 

Mary A. Paul, Dillsburgh, Pa 50 

Sister A. Reese, Fowler, Cal 1 50 

Philip Phillips, Redkey, lnd 25 

Conejo church, Cal 2 80 

Mingo church, Pa 5 00 

Simon Harshman, Baltic, Ohio 2 00 

Okaw church, 111 6 50 

A sister, Carlisle, Pa 11 00 

J. E. Gnagey, Accident, Md 10 00 

S. Rothrock, Davenport, Nebr 4 00 

Belleville church, Kans 3 75 

Daniel Zcntmyer aud wife, Clay Hill, Pa. 1 00 

G Spanogle, Lappans, Md 2 00 

Members of Nettle Creek church, lnd 5 00 

Mineral Creek church, Mo 6 00 

Green Spring church, Ohio 5 80 

Logau church, Ohio 19 00 

Isaac Henricks, Virden, 111 5 00 

Jeremiah B. Light, Lebanon, Pa 4 10 

Elizabeth Ebersole, Arcadia, Ohio 10 00 

Upper Stillwater church, Ohio 8 00 

Mrs. O. H. Elliott, Gambier, Ohio 1 00 

Rebecca Kirkendoll, Wayside, Kans 1 00 

Lower Miami church, Ohio 16 60 

Lizzie Barndollar, Everett, Pa -5 00 

John Hershberger, Everett, Pa 3 00 

D. S. McDannel and family, Elliott, Iowa.. 2 00 

W. W. Culp, Pottstowu, Pa 30 00 

Warrior's Mark church, Pa 7 05 

South Bend church, lnd 30 00 

Daniel and Jacob Baer, Friedens, Pa 3 00 

Southern District of Illinois 10 71 

David Clark and sister, Buchanan, Mich . . 50 

Maria Anderson, Pottstowu, Pa 50 

Garrison church, Iowa 5 95 

Keuka church, Fla 12 00 

Samuel Reed, Progress, Pa 3 00 

Levi Stump and wife, Ligouier, lnd 10 00 

Mohican church, North-eastern Ohio 15 00 

Black River church, North-eastern Ohio, a 

brother. 33 

West Nimishilleu church, North-eastern 

Ohio 5 78 

Sandy church, North-eastern Ohio 5 01 

Mahoning church, North-eastern Ohio 6 50 

Greene church, Iowa 6 50 

English River church, Iowa 12 32 

Sabetha church, Kans 1 90 

Oscar H. Eikenberry, Conway Springs, 

Kans 42 

Johnstown church, Pa 12 00 

Appanoose church, Iowa 3 52 

Waterloo church, Iowa 13 46 

A sister in California 6 00 

Ellen Bigler, Bissell, Pa 1 00 

G. AY. Fausler, Belleville. Idaho 1 00 

Panther Creek church, Iowa 2 50 

Mt. Joy church, Jacob's Creek congrega- 
tion, Pa 1 mi 

Woodbury church, Pa lis 42 

Children o£ Sahvmony church, lnd 1 00 

Two little boys, Parsons, Kans 81 

Mary Flora, Divernou, 111 35 

Lewis M. Kob and wife, Garden Grove, 

Iowa 2 00 

A sister, Virginia 1 on 

Loramie's church, Ohio 2 00 

Mrs. M. M. W., Nevada, Mo 4 60 

Coventry church, Pa 23 54 

Margaret Calhoun, Everett, Pa 5 00 

Spring Creek church. Pa 10 1)0 

Hickory Grove, 111 5 00 

Purchase Line church, Pa 147 

Elizabeth Johnson, Old Frame, Pa 40 

J. H. Richard, Maitland, Pa 1 74 

J. D. Hildebrand, Mound City, Mo 3 00 

Moses Walker, Boone, Pa 5 0(1 

Ella E. Leedy, Piorceton, lnd 25 

Nettie M. Leedy, Piercetou, Iud 25 

Sarah Copp, Saumsville, Va 1 00 

Howard church, lnd 8 00 

East arm of Belleville church, Kans 1 50 

Manor church, Md 4 75 

Broadfording church, Md 1 25 

Elkhart church, lnd : 10 00 

Mrs. S. T. Moherman, Ashland, Ohio 1 50 

Barbara A. Leiter, Greencastle, Pa 50 

H. K. Miller, Huntsdale, Pa 5 00 

Abilene church, Kans 3 00 

Huntingdon church, Pa 11 17 

Lamott church, 111 3 82 

J. B. Clapper, Carey, Ohio 25 

Ellen S. Fisher, Baltic, Ohio 1 00 

Levi Simmons, Carrollton, Ohio 1 75 

Henry Slifer, Lanark, 111 3 45 

Kcturah Hays, Pleasant Unity, Pa 50 

Kaskaskia church, 111 2 60 

Shoal Creek church, Mo 3 40 

Marsh Creek church, Pa 17 00 

J. L. Custer, Bonaparte, Iowa 40 

Mary R. Moler, Clyde, Kans 50 

Henry Slifer, Lanark, 111 30 

Herington Sunday-school, Kans 73 

F. G Cunningham, Ogdeu, Utah 3 00 

Weeping Water church, Nebr 2 62 

Selina Anderson, Batavia, Ohio 50 

Jacob Shamberger, White Cloud, Mo ... . 4 00 

Lydia- Leedy, Huntingdon, Iud 12 00 

Dorrance church, Kans 3 20 

Frank Binko, Kansas 50 

G. E. Goughnour and wife, Maxwell, Io- 

wa 2 50 

A brother, Lewistown, Minn 1 00 

Mrs. Sarah Weidner, Nevada, Iowa 3 00 

Margaret Oellig, Upton, Pa -. 1 00 

Sarah M. Bowser, Maysville, Mo 1 00 

Mt. Joy church, Pa 3 00 

Live Oak church, Texas 7 70 

Solomon Creek church, lnd 5 00 

D. G. Berkman, Nocona, Texas 5 00 

Dot a E. Rhodes, Rogersville, lnd 1 00 

Bear Creek church, Md 14 22 

Tippecanoe church, Iud 6 25 

A brother, Simpson, W. Va 5 00 

Jesse Wagner, Frauklintown, Pa 150 

Susannah McKiuzie, Huntsville Agency, 

Wash 50 

C. W. Shoemaker, Appanoose, Kans 55 

Northern District of Illinois 156 57 

Fau-view church, Middle Creek congrega- 
tion, Pa 6 50 

Ludlow and Painter Creek church, Ohio . . 7 65 

A sister, Ohio 25 

A brother, Ohio 10 

H. H. Broad, Flannagau, 111 50 

Jas. Kurtz, Womelsdorf, Pa 50 


Jim. 27, 1891.. 

Franklin and Fanny Davison, Moro, Ore- 
gon 8 40 

Levi Stoner, Avion, Ohio 3 25 

Interest on Loans from Mission Fund ... i 

Interest on Loans from Endowment Fund. 99 00 

Interest on Endowment Notes 696 10 

Galen B. Ixoyeh, Se 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

Additions Doiung 1891. The Brethren of 
Marinas. Hardy Co., \Y. Va.. during last year, re- 
ceived seventeen additions to their number by bap- 
tism. The church is in peace.— i. D. Caldwell 

Pleasant Council.— Dec. 31, 1890, wo had a 
very pleasant council-meeting in the Edna Mills 
church, Ind., at which brethren Solomon Blicken- 
staff and Aaron C. Metzger were elected delegates 
to District Meeting. — John E. Metzger. 

The Woek in the South.— Why do not some 
of the ministering Brethren preach the Gospel to 
the people of the South? The people. here at 
Carlisle, Ark., would gladly receive our doctrine, 
and good results would follow. — J. M. Martin. 

■Work for All.— Let each sister, young and 
old, spend an hour each week in talking, reading, 
or praying with the sick and poor, — black and 
white, good and bad,— and if God's name is not 
glorified by new tongues, let the work stop. Let 
ns all wake up for the harvest day!— Lundon 

Two Baptized. — The Brethren at Cherry 
Grove, Carrol] Co., 111., are now in the midst of a 
good meeting. Bio. Edmund Forney, of the Pine 
Creek church, is doing the preaching. One was 
baptized yesterday; also ono baptized who belongs 
to the Lanark church. Bro. Murray is holding 
meetings each evening with increased interest. 
"\\'e need your prayers.— J. H. LarJcins. 

Fori: Soldiers fob Christ.— The Upper Con- 
awago church, Latimore, Pa., has just enjoyed a 
most interesting series of meetings which com- 
menced Jan. 3. Bro. Albert Hollinger, of Hunts- 
dale. Cumberland Co., Pa., did the preaching, de- 
livering in all eleven sermons. By his earnest la- 
bors, saints were encouraged and sinners warned. 
Four made the good confession. May the Lord 
keep them faithful until death! Our meetings 
closed with good interest.— J. M. Eajfensberger, 
Jan. 13. 

Beteeshing Meetings.— Eld. Henry Frantz, of 
Clarke County, Ohio, commenced a series of meet- 
ings in the Middle Fork church, Clinton Co., Ind, 
Jan. 1, 1891, and closed Jan. 13. The meetings 
were interesting throughout, and while there were 
no additions to the church, we know that some 
were almost persuaded and, I believe, if the meet- 
ings had continued a while longer, some would 
have united with us. Our members were much 
encouraged by our dear brother's preaching aud 
we feel to press forward in the great work of the 
church.— John E. Metzger, Jan. IS. 

Two Accessions.— The series of meetings in 
the Pleasant Hill church, 111., closed Jan. 11, with 
two accessions. The attendance was not very 
large, owinf in the vicinity, yet the in- 

terest was maintained throughout, and it is hoped 
much good was accomplished through the labors 
of our evangelist— Michael Flory. The church 
here endorses the instructions of Annual Meeting, 
in having a protracted effort in each congregation 
at least one, ,.. year, to gathi i precious souls into 
tie- fold, and improve the membership in faith 
and spirituality. May God bless his children 
throughout our beloved Zion! — Jamea Wirt, 
Jan. 18. 

Ministerial Ladoe Wanted.— As stated be 
tore there is o good opening for the upbuildin 
of the cause at Maysville, DeKalb Co., Mo. I ca 
get the use of the Disciple church, aud will free); 
care for the brother who may favor us with a 
series of meetings. There are, besides myself, 
only two other members, — sisters, who have not 
heard any preaching by the Brethren for ten 
years. If the proper effort is made, I think n 
great work may be accomplished at this place. — 
lioss Ilallcman. 

Interesting Meetings.— Eld. John Wise, of 
Conway Springs, Kaus., came to the Walnut Val- 
ley church, Dec. 28, aud remained until Jan. 5. 
During this time he held forth the Word with 
power and earnestness, so that all became inter- 
ested in the meetings. Jan. ti, Bro. B. F. Me- 
Cune commenced holding forth the Word. Al- 
though the weather is cold and iuclement, yet we 
are having interesting meetings and hope, ere we 
close, that some may unite with the people of 
God.— Michael Keller, Jan. la. 
/*Eight Souls for Christ. — The members of 
the Meadow Branch church, Granger Co., Tenu., 
were made glad by the labors of Bro. S. A. Sang- 
er, of Bockingham County, Va. He preached in 
all seventeen sermons, and as a result of his ef- 
forts, eight precious souls came out on the side of 
the Lord. Seven were baptized, aud there is one 
more applicant. The church was much revived. 
We have had to pass through some sore trials. 
Some that were with us have gone back to the 
world We crave an interest in the prayers of 
God's children in our behalf!— D. Iseriberg. 

Two Additions by Baptism.— Out quarterly 
council at Covina, Cal, occurred Jan. 3. A good 
attendance of members was present, and every- 
thing passed off seemingly in a good spirit. We 
had thirteen additions by letter at this meeting. 
Eld. P. S. Myers, assisted by Bro. Megie, of Los 
Angeles, held a series of meetings at Anaheim, or 
vicinity, and reports two additions by baptism. 
Eld. P. A. Moore, of Boanoke, 111., and Eld. W. 
W. Homing, of South Dakota, are at present 
holding a series of meetings at this place. May 
the good work go on, and many be brought into 
the fold!— J. S. Elorij. 

Three Additions.— The members of the Burr 
Oak church, Kansas, have just enjoyed a most in- 
teresting series of meetings, commencing Dec. 17. 
Bro. Albion Daggett did the preaching. The 
Christmas meeting for the children will long be 
remembered. We also enjoyed a pleasant little 
meeting at the home of sister Hilleth, who has 
been under the hand of affliction. Our meetings 
continued until Dec. 31. Three young men made 
the wise choice during the labors of our dear 
brother. Jan. 4, Bro. Daggett commenced some 
meetings at another point, in our congregation, 
but, on account of the extremely cold and un- 
pleasant weather, he had to close after preaching 
four sermons. — Emma Sacheriberg. 

In Peace and Harmony.— The quarterly coun- 
cil of the Jeffersonville church, 111., occurred 
Dec. 27. Owing to the inclemency of the weath- 
er, the members were not all present. There was 
not much business before tllo council, and all 
passed off in peace and harmony. We thank God 
that our little band is in good working order aud 
willing to work for the order of the church. Our 
meeting-house is now enclosed and will soon be 
ready for worship. We would like to have breth- 
ren come and locale with us. Land here is cheap, 
and any one wishing to engage in fruit culture, 
would do well here. We need ministerial help 
as we have but one minister, and he is called 
to other churches a great part of his time.— John 
Manck, Jan. 10. 

Meetings in Texas.— In reply to inquiries I 
would state that the time for meetings in this 
country is ?io/ during the winter, as the roads then 
are almost impassable. July and August is the 
most favorable time, as may be seen from the fact 
that all the other denominations are then holding 
their arbor meetings." At present I shall do most 
of my work by distributing tracts, aud thus pre- 
pare the soil for next season's work. When the ■ 
time for work comes, I intend to travel with a ■ 
tent, and hold meetings from place to place. . 
Who will help me in the work?— A. W. Austin,. 
Jan. !). 

Good Meetings.— The brethren and sisters of" 
the French Broad church, Jefferson Co., Term.,,, 
commenced a series of meetings, conducted by 
Bro. S. A. Sanger, of Meyerhoeffer's Store, Va.,.. 
Dee. 20. Bro. Sanger delivered eighteen sermons 
in all. While there were no additions to the 
church duriug theso meetings, we hope that the • 
words that were spoken will do us all good, and' 
bring sinners to join in with the people of God.. 
Our meetings closed on the evening of Jau. 4... 
Bro. Sanger goes from here to the Meadow Branch 
church, Granger County, Tenn., where he expects . 
to hold a series of meetings. — Isaac liodeffcr. 

A Notice to All Concerned.— As I had mado 
arrangements to visit aud preach for a number of 
isolated members this winter, I take this means of 
informing all why I have not complied with my - 
promise. About two months ago I contracted a 
very severe cold, but nevertheless visited several 
of the above points, and tried to labor for the 
cause, as best I could. On account of my health, 
I was obliged to return home just at the time 
when the meetings should have continued. At 
present I am confined to the house, hoping that I 
may soon recover, if it is the Lord's will. I was 
at Beach Corner, Miami County, Ind., one year 
ago. Soon after, they arranged for weekly prayer- 
meetings and have kept them up ever since. It is 
remarkable to see the improvement they have 
made in so short a time in their meetings, espec- 
ially in singing. — Aaron Moss, Ridgeway, Ind.,. 
Jan. 12. 


.ind s.L7n! it unto llifj c'uuche 

ting give name of church. County and State. Be brie 
! should be as short as possible. Land Advertisements 
! (or this Department. We have an advertising page, ai 
ivil] issue supplements. 

"Wayside Notes. 

"When we were in Northern Kansas, last winter, 
a proposal was made to send us a quantity of com 
to Dakota, as we had scarcely anything to live on, 
and uo money to buy coal. Oar crops were al- 
most a failure. Some one wrote to us that $40 
was raised to aid us, etc. The money was used 
to buy grain, pay freight, etc. It was sent to 
brethren Wm, Homing and Mansfield, with in- 
structions to give it to the sufferers of Dakota. 
The brethren, it seems, acted strictly according to 
instructions and it turned out that we were misin- 
formed about the money. It was raised for the 
sufferers of Dakota aud distributed accordingly. 
Wo have been requested by the two brethren in 
Dakota to make the above rectification, and we 
cheerfully do it. 

We would further say to all who aided us last 
winter with their means, that we feel a dobt of 
gratitude to them and hope that as there aro plen- 
ty of sufferers in Nebraska and Dakota, they will 
still continue to remember the poor. We are glad 
to learn through the Messenger that the cries of 

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the suffering are entering into tho hearts of the 
Brethren and that so much is being done for the 

I have read, with deep interest, Bro. D. C. Moo- 
maw's "Open Letter to the Lambs of Lunenburg, 
Va.," and of the success that attended his preach- 
ing. We feel interested in Lunenburg. Wife 
and self were the first baptized by the Brethren 
there. We hope to meet them in the better land. 

Many brethren, whose acquaintance we have 
formed during the year that is past, will wonder, 
wdiy we have not written to them, and some of the 
readers of the Gospel Messenger will ask why 
we have been so long silent. To all such we 
would say that our health is completely broken. 
We are confined to our bed a great part of our 
time, and hardly ever see a well day. We are in- 
capable of any work whatever,— either mental or 
physical. Our last work was in Cowley County, 
where we held a week's meeting and returned 
quite broken down. Our trouble is biliousness 
and dyspepsia. We are usiug medical aid but 
are, at present, far from well. We are resigned 
to the will of God and if this sickness is necessary 
for our good, we thankfully accept it; but if it is^ 
unto death, and our work hole is ended, then we 
bow to the will of God, who gives and takes away. 

We have been during the last three months in 
Elk County, Kans., near Moline. There are a few- 
members here, under the care of Eld. Geo. Stude- 
baker, of Fredonia. We are going to Oklahoma, 
if the Lord will, in about two weeks. My family 
left Dakota last August and came here in wagons. 
' Our crops were total failures. We left our grain 
uncut, blasted with hot winds and drouth. We 
are seeking a homo in Oklahoma, near the Cim- 
uiarron River. There will be three members 
(here besides ourselves, and four about fifteen 
miles from us. What our future post-office will 
ibe we can not say until wo get there. In the 
mean-time our address will be Moline, Elk Co., 
Kans. Brethren, remember us iu your prayers! 
James Evans. 

Moline, Elk Co., Kans., Jan. 9. 

From the East Chippewa Chinch, "Wayne Co., Ohio. 

According to arrangements, Bro. Reuben 
Shroyer came to us Dec. 27. Sunday, Dec. 28, 
was the time appointed for the dedication serv- 
ices. Bro. Shroyer conducted the meeting. The 
house was filled to overflowing. This church- 
house, situated in the southern part of the Chip- 
pewa congregation is plain and substantially built, 
and reflects credit upon the building committee. 
It stands upon a beautiful elevation, aad certainly 
will prove to be a desirable place of worship. 
^ Bro. Shroyer continued the meetings until the 
•evening of Jan. 11. Considering his physical 
weakness, Bro. Shroyer preaches the Word with 
.great power and earnestness. As the result of his 
labors twelve precious souls expressed themselves 
willing to follow Christ. Bro, Shroyer's labors 
were much appreciated, and we hope that the 
blessings of the Lord will attend his ministry 
'every-where! M. C. Lichtenwalter. 

Smithville, Ohio. 

From Mt. Carroll, 111. 

We have just passed through, and enjoyed a 
"season of very encouraging meetings. Bro. T. T. 
Meyers, of Mt Morris, came to us on the evening 
of Dec. 24, and remained with us until Jan. 5. 

Our meetings were well attended, and the inter- 
est increased as the meetings progressed. Two 

precious souls were taken into the fold of Christ, 
and were baptized Jan. 4. 

Our home brethren conducted the meetings 
from the above date until tho evening of the Oth, 
when Bro. Myers came and again wielded the 
sword with power and effectiveness, concluding 
his efforts Sunday evening, Jan. 11, and this 
Lord's Day two more coufessed faith in the Bless- 
ed Jesus and were received also into fellowship 
by baptism. At this time we also have one more 
applicant. Thank the Lord for his great mercy 
to us and iu the salvation of precious souls. We 
had a season of refreshment from the presence of 
the Lord, that I hope will remain with us. 

Bro. W. B. Stover was also with us and led us 
in the song service, which added much to the in- 
terest and spiritual life of the meetings. 

I trust the Lord will reward those dear brethren 
abundantly for their labor of love and encourage- 
ment! John J. Emmert. 

Jan. 12. 

Among the Churches. 

On the evening of Dec. 19, 1 took the train for 
Dorrauce, Russell Co., Kaus., a distance of one 
hundred miles. I was met at the depot and con- 
veyed to the home of Eld. John Newcomer. Aft- 
er enjoying their kind hospitality, we met for 
worship next day at 11 A. M. and.7: 30 P. M., and 
also on Sunday, Dec. 21, in the forenoon and even- 
ing. On the evening of Dec. 22 we closed our 
meetings with good interest. 

Dec. 23 I was conveyed by Bro. Wm. Hinies to 
Twin Creek, in the south arm of the North Solo- 
mon church, a distance of thirty-five miles. 
Here I found brethren Lewis and Isaac Larew en- 
gaged in a series of meetings, and, by request, the 
writer addressed the congregation that night on 
the subject of Christian feet-washing. The very 
best of attention pervaded the audience, while I 
tried to give a reason of the hope within us. 

Next day, Dec. 24, I started, in company with 
brethren L. and I. Larew to the main part of the 
N orth Solomon church and by noon reached the 
home of our esteemed brother Joseph and sister 
Fanny Morrow, of Osborne City, and after a short 
but pleasant interview, wo again proceeded on 
our journey. Night found us at the home of Bro. 
Isaac Larew, near the place appointed for evening 
services. The weather being a little inclement, 
we had a small congregation but marked attention 
the first night. The next day being Christmas, 
we had two meetings. We continued here, until 
Saturday, Dec. 27, when wo met for council, with 
a good representation. Much unanimity and self- 
sacrifice were manifested, and we believe all pres- 
ent felt it was good to be there. Bro. Lewis La- 
rew was chosen as foreman, to act during the ab- 
sence of the writer who, at present, has charge of 
this church, and feels much encouraged by the 
zeal manifested on the part of all the members. 
Two w r ere baptized on the day of the council. 
They came about thirty miles to attend council 
and to be received into fellowship. 

Next day, Jan. 4th, I preached two more ser- 
mons. By this time I had a crowded house of 
very attentive listeners, but my time had again 
come to close and go to other fields of labor. 

This church passed through a severe ordeal, 
when the division took place. Each of the three 
elements claimed about one-third of the property, 
and the ground was closely contested. Since then 
many have come back, and others are looking to- 
wards the fold. 

On Monday, Jan. 5th, I was conveyed by Bro. 
Lewis Larew to Bro. John Wagoner's, who took 
me to Smith Center, a distance of twelve miles, on 
the same day. I here took the train for the Belle- 
ville church, Republic County. As the weather 
was very inclement, we had no preaching until 

Saturday night. Saturday having been set for 
council-meeting, we had a general attendance of 
nearly all tho members. Bro. Daniel Smith, a 
minister in the East Belleville church, was pres- 
ent and aided us with his good counsel. At this 
council four were disowned upon their own re- 
quest. They were young in years. 

We were reminded on this occasion of the 
great necessity of forbearance, one with another, 
in order to facilitate church work. Considerable 
business came before the council, but we think 
that all passed off satisfactorily. 

This church is at present without a shepherd 
and desires that some one move into their midst 
to take charge of the flock. I had my home in 
this church for nearly two yoars when I first came 
to Western Kansas, and any one desiring the 
charge of a zealous and lively membership can 
find such at the above church. The present min- 
isterial force consists of brethren Charles Hillery 
and A. C. Daggett. 

Next day I preached three sermons for them 
and then left for Phillips County, where I had ar- 
ranged to meet Eld. John Ikenberry, of the Quin- 
ter church. I reached the home of Bro. J. W. 
Jarboe at 2 o'clock on tho Gth, and had preaching 
the same night. Just at the close of the meeting 
Eld. Ikenberry arrived in time to invoke a closing 
blessing. We continued meetings until Jan. 7th, 
met for church council, and after devo- 
uxises we transacted the following: 
>xplauation was given of the Gospel or- 
faith and practice, as defined by Annu- 



der of ou] 
al Meetin_ 

2. The above order being unanimously accepted 
by all, they agreed to labor to carry out and main- 
tain the same. 

3. All present being in peace and union, and unit- 
ed in the desire to be organized into a church ca- 
pacity, they then were thus set apart as a body of 
workers in the Master's vineyard. Their mem- 
bership comprises about sixteen souls, with Bro. 
J. W. Jarboe as their minister, and Bro. Samuel 
M. Shuck as their deacon. Bro. Daniel Ream 
was then chosen clerk and Bro. Sylvester Work- 
man, Treasurer. The Phillips County line is their 

Thus one more vine has been planted in the 
Master's vineyard. May it be nurtured by the 
gentle and inspiring moisture of heaven. May 
this little band become a nucleus around which 
many may cluster and thus becomo a formidable 
barrier against sin. 

Bro. Jarboe moved here lately from the Maple 
Grove church, Norton Co., and as a result of his 
labors their number has been increased about one- 

At the close of my labors, I started for home. 
I had a tedious trip. I arrived home on the 
morning of Jan. 10, and fouud all well, thanks to 
the Great Giver of all good. To the dear ones 
who administered to my wants, I return heart- 
felt thanks. B. B. Whitmer. 

"There are, in the truest sense, no great things 
and no little things iu the sphere of duty. What- 
ever is to be done, is the one thing in the world to 
be done by him who ought to do it; and however 
unimportant that thing may seem in itself, it has 
its relations to every other thing, done by every 
other person throughout God's universe. Of it- 
self it is, at the best, but a trifle. In its Unkings, 
its value is incalculable. All that any one of us 
has to do in this world is his simple duty. And 
an archangel could not do more than just that to 

The promise that in due time you shall reap 
if you faint not goes beyond tho depth of the un- 
thinking. The sowing of many years may be par- 
tially or wholly lost because in the critical reap- 
ing-time you gave up your efforts. Consider here." 


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,,i OOKS— JOHNSON— At the residence 
of the bride** parents, Dec. 24, 1 loo, '■■■•■ the 
- ■ : Mi John S Brooks and Mi- 
Mary V. Johnson, all of Nickerson, Reno 
Co, Kans. Enoch Eby. 

DeFORREST— FLECK — At the residence 
of the groom'- sister, Jan. 4, by the under- 
Wr. Albert DeForrest and Miss 
Bertna Fleck, both of Huntingdon, Pa. 

B W. 

WILLS— KINDER.— At the residence of 
. parents. Arcadia, Ind., Jan 8, by 
reigned, Charles E. Wills, of Boon 

■ Manda Ellen Kinder. 


KISS— MESSNER— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, in the Fredonia church, 
■/.-. by Eld G. W. Studebaker, 
Mr. Fioyd A. Kuns.of Nebraska, and sister 
Lillie Belle Messner, of Wilson Countv, 
Kansas. E. Stidebaker.' ' 

III "G1IES — RRVBAKKR. — At Ihe resi- 
dent of the bride's father. Eld. II. Dm- 
baker, Dec. i\ lSqo, bj Eld, Abe Molsbee, 
Mr. Hughe.-, of Wftithcrford, Texas, and 
sister Abbey Brubaker,of Nocona/Fexas. 

DRAKE— MOLSBEE— At the same time, 
and place, by Eld, Henry Brubaker, Mr. 
Lark Drake and sister Maggie Molsbee, all 
of Nocona, Texas. Abe Molsbee. 

POWELL— SELL— At the residence of the 
parent-, near Newry, Pa., Jan. i, Mr. 
Conrad Powell, of Altoona City, Pa., and 
Miss Gloria Lovinia, daughter of Bro. 
Brice and sister Sell. J. B. Fluck. 

MYERS— WILCOX. -At the residence of 
the bride's parents, in the limits of the 
Panther Creek congregation, Dallas Co., 
Iowa, Dee. 31, by the undersigned, Mr. 
Henry E. Myers, son of Bro. Isaac Myers, 
deceased, and sister Nellie R. Wilcox, 
daughter of W. II. Wilcox. 
J. D.H 


the dead which die in the Lord." 

LAFEVER— In La FnyeLte, Tippecanoe Co., 
Ind. Jan. 3, 1S91, slblerjeles Lafever,-aged 
66 years. Funeral services by Eld. Henry 
Frantz, of Ohio, and J. W. Metzger, from 2 
Cor. 5: 1-4. John E. Metzger. 

MILLER— In the Middle Creek church, 
Somerset Co., Pa., Aug. 10, 1S90, John 
Miller, aged 70 years. 

He was a member of the Disciple church, 

Funeral services conducted by Eld. Josiah 


BRANDT.— In the Middle Creek church, 
Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 4, 1S91, Elbert Oral 
Brandt, son of Bro. William and sister 
Cevilla Brandt, aged 7 years, 7 months and 

He died of typhoid fever and diphtheria. 
Funeral services were conducted by Eld. 
Josiah Berkley and Amos Christner from 2 
Sam. 12: 23. 
DOOLY— In the Yellow Creek church, 

Bedford Co., Pa., Oct. 16, 1S90, sister 

Saloam, wife of Bro. Daniel Dooly, aged 

35 years and 20 days. 
Funeral services by Eld. John L. IIol- 

singcr and the home ministers from 1 Sam. 

20:3. C. L. Buck. 

ROERHIC— In the Poplar Ridge church, 

Ohio, Oct. 15, 1S90, Edith Elmira Roerhic, 

aged 11 years, 2 months and 25 days. 
MAY.— In the same church, Dec. 20, 1S90, 

Elizabeth May, aged S4 years, 9 months 

and 12 days. 
LEAH MAN. — Also, in the same church, 

Dec. 31, 1890, infant son of John and 

Elizabeth Leahman, aged 2 day«. 
Funeral services of the above were con- 
ducted by> the writer, assisted by Bro. Henry 
Flory. Simon Long. 

WEIRICH.— At Harbor Springs, Mich., Dec. 

14, 1890, William Henry, infant son of Bro. 

Emmanuel and sister Elizabeth Weirich, 

aged 2 months and 28 days. 

Funeral services by Eld. John R. Stuts- 
man, from Job 14: r, 2. The bereft parents 
can find consolation in Matt. 19: 14, " Suffer 
little children to come unto me, and forbid 
them not, for of such is the kingdom of 
heaven." L. B. Wilcox. 

BRANDT.— In the Richland church, Ohio, 

Jan. 2, 189:, sister Catharine Brandt, aged 

87 years, 3 months and 20 days. 

Deceased was the mother of eleven chil- 
dren, four of whom are living. Funeral 
services by J. C. McMullen, assisted by Bro. 
A. Goley, from the words, " Blessed are the 
dead who die in the Lord." 

J. C.McMullen. 
BRUBAKER— At Longmont, Colo., Jan. 1, 

1S91, sister Annie Brubaker, aged 23 years, 

1 month and 2 days. 
Sister Annie was an examplary member 
of the church for years, and she will be great, 
ly missed, as her seat wag never vacant ai 

church, Sunday-school or social meeting. 
To know her was to love her. She died in 
the faith of Jesus. Services by the Brethren. 
U. W. FeSI.ER. 

PLATTER.— In the Bear Creek congrega- 
tion, Md., Dec. 30, rSpO, Bro. Jacob 
Platter, aged 54 years and 2 thus. 
Bro. Platter was a consistent member of 
the Brethren church for many yvaxs. Fu- 
neral services by the undersigned. 

J. R. Meyers. 
MOSER— In the hounds of the Chippewa 
Valley church, Wis., Dee. 30, [890, of a 


of ill 


aged 2.| years and 16 days. 
Deceased had been afflicted for many 
years, but during the last eight months she 
had suffered intensely. About three months 
ago, feeling that her days were almost 
numbered, she called for the elders of the 
church, and desired to he baptised. Being loo 
ill to ride to the water, a tank was made, in 
which she was buried with Christ in baptism. 
Deceased leaves father, mother, two sisters 
and one brother to mourn their loss. Fu- 
neral services by Eld. II. C. -Baker to a sym- 
pathizing congregation from 1 Thess.4: 13. 
Katie Joyce. 
CUSTER— In the Brush Creek congrega- 
tion, Adams Co., Ohio, Nov. 15, iSoo, Bro. 
Isaiah Custer, aged 74 ieais, ^1 months 

Bro. Custer was horn in Fayette Co , Pa. 
He joined the church at the age of 27 years, 
moved to Ohio at the age of 42 years, at 

He was an untiring worker in the Master's 

in miil.liii; 
borhumt, '. 
did not foi 


He left $1 


he hands of the 
Mission Board of the Southern District of 
Ohio. The interest of said Mini is to be ex- 
pended annually for the -spread of the Gos- 
pel in Adams County, Ohio. 

Thus, after nn active and zealous life, he 
quietly fell asleep. The funeral was preached 
from 1 Kings 2: 2, which passage we thought 
to be the sentiment of our deceased brother. 
W. Q. Calvert. 

HAID— In Youngstown, Ohio, Dec. 8, 1S90, 
sister Salome Haid, aged 67 years. 

About thirty years ago she was received 
into church fellowship by baptism in Tus- 
carawas Countv, Ohio. Some years after 

1 1 hi. 


where she was lost to the church for a num- 
ber of years. Her husband and children be- 
long to the Lutheran church. Several years 
ago wife and f ascertained the place of her 
residence, and visited the sister and family. 
She seemed to be very glad to see us, and 
several limes she had purposed to come tc 
Communion services, but on account of sick- 
ness (asthma), and other circumstances, she 
could not come. We received a message oi 
her sickness Dec. 7. requesting us to visil 
her as soon as possible. Wife and I did so 
and we found her in mis ry, lamenting hei 
neglect. We tried to comfort her by telling 
her that God does not ret 
bilities, and that by an hum 
prayer, God would pardon our fins. After a 
season of prayer she seemed resigned, saying, 
"Thy will be done." We believe that she died 
in the triumph of faith. She leaves ten chil- 
dren to mourn her departure; six of them 
married. Funeral services by Rev. Tope and 
the writer, from John 14: 12, and 1 Cor. 15: 
26. J. n. Kurtz.' 

CUBISON. — In the Burr Oak church, 
Jewell Co., Kane., Dec. 22, iSoo, Bro. 
Joseph N. Cubison, aged 22 years, 8 months 
and 3 days. 

Funeral services conducted by the Breth- 
ren in the Burr Oak meeting-house from 
John 1 1 : 25. Albion C. Daggett. 

MARTIN.— At Beatrice, Nebr., Jan. S, 1B91, 
sister Lucy, wife of Bro. Edwin L. Martin, 
aged 36 years, y months and 9 days, 

pare to meet her on the other shore, She 
leaves a husband and two small children to 
mourn their loss. Funeral services by the 
Brethren from 2 Cor. 5, first part of. chapter. 

11. C. MfRTiK. 
LEI B.— In the Lower Cumberland church, 
near Boiling Springs, Cumberland Co., Pa., 
Dec. 30, 1890, Bro. John Leib, aged 69 
years, 5 months and 22 days. 

The deceased leaves a wife, one son and 
one daughter to mourn their loss. We trust 
that the loss of such a kind and loving father 
may be the means (by the help of God) of 
bringing those of the surviving family, who 
are yet out of Christ, to a speedy resolve to 
" go to Jesus." Funeral services at his late 
residence by Levi S. Mohler and the writer, 
from Rom. 6: 23. Interment at the Keeny 



MERKEY.— At his home in Fauquier Co., 
Va., Dec. 27, iS9o, Bro. Moses Merkey, son 
of William and Catharine Merkey, aged 23 
years, S months and 12 days. 

In his home he was dearly loved, honored 
and respected. The warmth of his heart, the 
sunshine of his disposition, his wise council 
and manly thought won the affection of all 
who knew him. Truth and justice were the 
cardinal virtues of his character. In his 
beautiful character were phases, which the 

end of mortality is ennobling, is inspiring. 
Endeared with qualities, capable to accom- 
plish much gootl for the world, God, in his in- 
finite wisdom, placed him in a higher sphere 
of usefulness. But in our grief it is a comfort 
to believe that our loss is hi, eternal gain, and 
that his noble spirit has fled to seek a sweeter 
abode for it; aspirations within the veil. 

His death was cau 
throat and lungs II 
audibly for eight months pre 
death. Services were held at the Mi. Hand 
church, conducted by Bro. Jacob He d rick 
from the words, » Blessed are they that have 
part in the first resurrection. 

Anna Hedrick. 

■ of the 
able to speak 

FHRUSK.— Jan. 

3, 1S91, Catha 


and 20 davs.. 

aged S 7 yea. 
The decease. 

-, 3 

children to mou 

n their loss. 

1 Br 


Lt North Sta 


4, 1891, infant 

son of Alon! 


Haidman, aged 

jne month. 


bereft of t 


• thai 

Emma Groff. 
CLAPPER.— In the Hopewell church, Yel- 
low Creek, Pa., Dec. 26, 1890, of typhoid 
fever, Bro. Jacob Clapper, aged 3S years, 5 
months and 1 1 days. 
Deceased leaves a wife and four children 
to mourn their loss. His wife and oldest 
daughter are members of the church. 

Funeral services by Bro. William Richcy 
from Heb. 9: 27. 

GOLDEN. — In the same community, Jan. 
2, 1890, Miss Jennie May Golden, of Hope- 
well, daughter of John Golden, aged 9 
years, 4 months and 9 days. Disease, pneu- 
monia. Services by Eld. D. S. Clapper 
from Job. 1 : zi, 
HOMLEN— In the Hopewell church. Yel- 
low Creek, Pa., Jan. 5, 1S91, William 
Martin Homlen, son of Mr Harris Homlen, 
aged 3 months and 25 days. 
Services by Eld. D. S. Clapper from 
Luke 18: 16. His remains were interred at 
Clearville, Bedford Co., Pa. 

SHANK.— At Abbottstown, Pa., Elizabeth 
Shank, daughter of Bro. Andrew Brown, of 
Hampton, Adams Co., Pa., aged 31 years, 
10 months and 2 days. 
She leaves a husband and four little 
children,— the youngest an infant, four weeks 
old. Burial, Jan. 7. Services in the Breth- 
ren's house by Rev. I. C. Weidler, assisted by 
the undersigned. J, A. Long, 

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"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 

MX. Morris, III., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 3, 1 891. 

The G-ospel Messenger. 

Table of Contents. 

Jesus Wept. By Sadie Brallicr Noffsintjcr, 6G 

Epistolary. By C. H. Balsbaugh 66 

Goinj,' Security. By Enoch Ehy, „.66 

Be Kind. By Solomon Schubert 67 

Light in Darkness. By J. N. Dfivis, 67 

Our Church Name. By P. R. Wrightsman 67 

Supper Being Ended. By Eld. Martin Neher, 67 

Behold the Man. By Mattie A. Lear, 68 


Items 65,72 

Query Answered, 65 

Explanation 7- 

Onerists' Detriment, 72 

Out West, 73 

Missionary and Tract Work,— 

An Unbalanced Wheel. By Landon West, 74 

The Children's Mission. By Mary M.Gibson, 74 

Notes from our Correspondents 75, 76 

Correspondence, 69, 70, 71, 76, 77, 7S 

Literary Notes 7^ 

Passing away is the edict of God written every- 
where, and is especially noticeable of human life. 
The news came to us yesterday that Bra Michael 
Myers, an aged father of the Aughwick church, 
has made the change that lies before us all- 
death. Of his exact ago we are not informed, but 
it must be far up in the eighties, so that it may be 
said of him: His days on the earth wer< 
and in them he no doubt had his share of the ills 
to which sin has made us all heirs. But to the 
good, it is a blessed thought to know that this is 
its last stroke. Here his hand is forever stayed. 
Beyond this he cannot go. 

Eld. Jobn Studabaeek, of Troy, Ohio, father 
of sister Quinter, of this place, has been for some 
time suffering under bodily afflictions. Hi 
trouble has been growing worse, so that he could 
no more write with the pen, and being desi 
continue his correspondence, he got himself a 
type-writer, which he has learned to manipulate, 
and the other day wo received the following note 
from him: 

Dmr Itrtitlt?r:—\\ J \\\ 



"With pleasure we send forth this encoura-j 
message. Yes, we too are glad. Wo all rej 
that we can have something to throw sunshine on 
our pathway, as the shades of the evening fall up- 
on us. It is the rest promised in the evening that 
strengthens and encourages us to bear and endure 

3 toils of the day. God be with the dear broth- 
as the curtains of night gently draw around. 
May your going to sleep bo peaceful, and your 
awakening glorious! Many have gone before you. 
Many more will soon follow, — and the meeting of 
the redeemed will surely bo a joyful one. Be 
strong to the end! 

Cold winter is still keeping the earth locked in 
her icy fetters and those who delight in skipping 
over the snowy cover, are having their good share 
of this kind of enjoyment. Xet, winter and snow 
nlfm-ilsTimro. I.han this to the earth and they that 
dwell thereon. The fruitfulness of our summers 
depends much on the character of the winters 
that precede* God is a chemist on a large scale, 
and understands o.-senlial application much better 
than research an&weience has or ever will reveal 
unto us. So we can well sfcy, "Not our will, but 
thine be done."' While these pen slips may be 
applicable to us who are half hibernating in the 
Northern section of the country, we do not want 
our Southern readers to shrug their shoulders 
and shiver in pity. These changes bring with 
them joys, and, because of the contrast, we enjoy 
them the more. As the storms of winter bring 
warmth and sunshine in their track, so the win- 
ter of life brings after it the Eden of rest. And 

had we not passed through the win 
Yes, winter, we enjoy fchSo for (ho 
summer that will follow! 



A brother asks: ""Will you please infor 
through the Messenger, where the negro sprang 

Wo have never given the race question as much 
careful study as we have some other subjects, but 
in this case, as a general answer, we would say 
"From Adam." And for a later lineage _w« 
name Gush, the son of Ham. There has been 
much discussion and speculation about the negro, 
but no very satisfactory conclusion has been 
reached. The Cushites are named as being r 
dents of Asia, Arabia and Africa. While it is 
supposed that the bulk of them went south, by 
crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Africa, some 
remained and retained the name. But Africa, in 
the early history of the world, seems to have been 
the home of the Cushites and, eight or nine hun- 
dred years before Christ, constituted a powerful 

But while it is admitted that the Cushites and 
the Africans were the same people, some histor- 
ians take the position that the Africans and ne- 
groes are different classes of people, as well as of 
a different lineage, and that the names should not 
be used as synonymous terms. Whether or not 
such is the case, we shall not try to decide, but 
that the Ethiopian wns a colored man, scarcely 
admits of a doubt. 

It is thought by many that Zipporah, wife of 
Moses, was a colored woman and that this was the 
cause of his sister's objection to her. The latter 

idea, however, is mere speculation, and gives no 
right to the argument that she was a colored wom- 
an. But there aro other circumstantial evidences 
that point in that direction. The Queen of Sheba 
came from the same country and was a colored 
woman, on the same grounds. If our negroes are 
not in this line, they can not surely bo very far 
away. And we, for want of better evidence, 
might as well lump the whole South land, and call 
the inhabitant, in his purest condition, a degener- 
ated Ethiopian or Africau, if you please. 


Bro. Chas. B. Gibdle asks: "Please explain, 
with Scripture reference, the following passage 
found in 1 Peter 4: 18, which reads: 'And if the 
righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the un- 
godly and the sinner appear?'" 

Dr. Dodridge paraphrases the text in this way: 
"And if the righteous himself be saved with diffi- 
culty, how miserable must the ungodly and the 
sinner be?" This rendering seems to give the 
thought rather clearly. Temptations and perse- 


tests 1" the Christii 
be withstood bv tho 

id tli 


ised to the believing and (rusting. If such were 
scarcely able to withstand and overcome these' 
fiery trials, the question would most naturally 
arise: "What shall become of those who do not 
have this help,— such as tho ungodly and the open: 
sinner?" In the judgmeut, what shall become' 
of them? Is there any hope for them? If these 
things come to the good, — and it is with difficulty 
that they can overcome them and be saved, — 
there does not seem to be much encouragement 
left for the sinner, or those who do not have the 
grace of God in their heart. It is put in this in- 
terrogative way that all may be induced to under- 
take the solution of the great problem. 

It seems to us about in tho same way as: "How 
shall we escape if we neglect so great a salva- 
tion?" Again, God says to the sinner, "Come let 
us reason together." By a rational process of 
reasoning, it will be seen that though our sins be 
as red as blood, there is a remedy; there is a way 
of escape. God lias so provided. This can be> 
reasoned out because of* the sacrifice made. But 
now he wants us to reason from another stand- 
point. And that is, if we refuse to accept the 
provision made; if we will not apply the remedy, 
— is there still a way? To both of these questions 
there can be but one rational conclusion, — "there 
can be no way of. escape, and everlasting ruin must 

It is a soul-searching question, and it will be 
well for us all to study it carefully. It should 
spur us to action and cause us to put forth every 
exertion, that we may be able to withstand the 
foe, and thus be made conquerors through him 
who has called us and given us the possibilities 
of victory. § .-^ 

d«#4d*»^&o2 6j , JtdeUZ^ Jm^ f*tO : e>* 3 J 


Feb. 3, 1891. 


.-'Study lo show ihv ■ If ..pjT.v 
— -igh 


Dark and dreary was Hie garden; 

Deep into the silent West, 
Tlie great Orb of Day had sunken ; 

Nature had withdrawn to rest. 
Mournful wails of smothered anguis 

Out upon the breezes swept; — 
Battling with some deep e 

' Neath the olives, Jei 


ivept! Yet r 

Did those tears so sacred fall; 
They were shed in pain and sorrow 

For the souls in sin's dark thrall 
With despair he mutely wrestled; 

Broken-hearted, anguish-tossed, 
Sad, distressed, alone, he kneeling 

Wept for his beloved lost! 
Jesus wept! Majestic mountains 

Tremble in your lofty power! 
Holy angels, veil your faces 

With the darkness of that hour! 
Saints, draw near from every nation, 

Wheresoever foot hath trod,— 
Bow before the mighty sorrow 

Of the blessed Son of Godl 
Jesus wept! High Heaven shouted: 
" Lo, the vigil that he keeps! 
Let the whole creation hearken, 

For the Lord of Glory weeps. 
Sinners vile in heart, and guilty. 

While the S;t\ioi\ i^rief appears, 
Bring your scarlet sin- and drown them 

In this fount of holy tears." 
Jesus wept — yet tears were fruitless! 

Silent grew hi- trembling breath; 
And the heart so sore and heavy, 

Saddened even unto death. 
Deep, still deeper grew the anguish; 

Blood gushed forth from every pore; 

Bitter wa 

s the wail 

ie uttered 

" My beloved — min 

no more 

O, was e\ 

er sadder 


O'er celestial li.n'j 

strings sv, 


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voice of a 


Than the low cha 

nt: "Jesu 


Heaven \ 

eils itself i 

i silence 

At the 

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Jesus , 


been the 
ll in vain 


—Sadie £ 





Edward M. Cobb, 
Dear Broiher: — 

Your frank and beautiful letter of Dec. 
23, is here. It is pulsating all through with the 
love that passeth knowledge. I heartily recipro- 
cate your expressions of Christian affection. For 
the stamps I return special thanks. Such tokens 
of Calvary I accept as precious Godsends, not 
only because they are needed, but as evidences of 
that Divine self-sacrifice which finds it more 
blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20: 35. I 
do not ask or claim a single stamp from any one; 
if there are souls throughout the Brotherhood to 
whom my pen-ministry is of any help, and who 
■are constrained by the impulse of Christ within to 
maintain my humble efforts by their contributions, 
I recognize therein the Divine approval of my la- 
bors. If He gives me His thoughts for the edifi- 
cation of His saints, and gives to my audience, 
material blessings to exchange for spiritual, it is 
only in accordance with the arrangement of all 
His higher dispensations. 1 Cor. 9: 9, 10, 11, 14. 
Tours is an honorable and solemn vocation, 
Pedagogy is a Divine function, preluding all that 
is included in the sacred ministry. You have 

souls to deal with, and eternal destinies are in- 
volved in your daily school-room duties. You are 
not only imparting specific forms of knowledge, 
but you are developing and shaping immortal 
powers. Mental arithmetic, and physical geogra- 
phy, and physiology and hygiene have a high and 
eternal application, and every new evolution of 
mental capacity is so much added soul-treasure 
for the ages of the ages. 

There will be a new Heaven and a new earth, 
and a celestial geography and astronomy will be 
requisite in the upper seminary. We will have a 
spiritual body, fashioned like the glorious body of 
the Risen Godnian, and a corresponding anatomy 
and physiology. The perfect life and blessedness 
of Emmanuel will be the hygiene of the redeemed. 
The curriculum of our mortal career is only the 
Freshman training of our endless studies in "the 
manifold wisdom of God." Eph. 3: 10. Death, 
instead of being the end, is only the entrance of 
the forever unexplorable fields of wonder and 
glory. Col. 2: 3. As long as Jehovah exists, and 
the saints are His pupils, Eph. 1: 17-21 will not 
be exhausted. 

Here we know very little. The wisest among 
the saints on earth are only abecedarians. But 
Eternity will be an_ ever-unfolding apocalypse of 
"all the fulness of God." The Infinite will be 
ever more and more revealed to the finite. The 
wondrous outshining of the Divine Glory in the 
face of Jesus Christ wall have everlasting fulfill- 
ment. 2 Cor. 4: 6. The high-calling of God is 
in Christ Jesus. Philpp. 3: 14. "Emmauuel is 
God with us." "In Him dwelleth all the full- 
ness of the Godhead bodily." Col. 2: 9. And in 
Him we are complete. Verse 10. He dwells in 
our hearts by faith. Eph. 3: 17. Christ in us is 
our hope of Glory. Col. 1:27. "Of God is He 
made unto us wisdom. 1 Cor. 1: 30. 

Your school-room, if occupied according to the 
Divine Idea of Pedagogy, is the very vestibule of 
Heaven. "We have uo 'right to separate one mo- 
ment of life from "the Eternal purpose which He 
purposed in Christ Jesus." Eph. 3: 11. 

Our first breath came direct out of the very 
Spirit lungs of Deity; and one breath apart from 
His will and glory is sin. Gen. 2: 7. "We must 
comeback to "Know nothing but Jesus Christ, 
and Him crucified." To die in sin is easy; but to 
die unto sin means Gethsemane and Golgotha. 

I am glad that God and the Bible and Eternal 
Life are so largely blended with your method of 
teaching. Jesus claims to be Alpha and Omega, 
in the home, the synagogue ancl the sanctuary. 
Your celebration of Christmas is novel, but just 
what every anniversary of the Incarnation ought 
to be. Let horrid old Santa Claus be pitched in- 
to limbo, and a photograph of "the one altogether 
lovely" be held up in radiant features to the con- 
templation of the little ones. You need much 
"effectual and fervent prayer" for light and wis- 
dom direct from between the Cherubim on the 
Mercy Seat. The lamplight between the two veils 
is only a symbol of true Shekinah in tho Holy of 

Soul-wisdom often puffs up, but Spirit-wisdom 
is the illumination of the Holy Ghost, and has all 
the Divine characteristics of James 3: 17. Let 
your pedagogy have this seal: " We know that 
thou art a teacher come from God." John 3: 2. 
Baptize your alphabet and multiplication table in 
the Blood of the Lamb, so that every letter and 
figure may be translated into the Sophomore and 
Junior and Senior classes of the pedagogy of 
Father, Son and Holy Ghost in "the house not 
made with hands." 

"I cease not to give thanks since I heard of 
your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love unto 
all the saints." May the Jehovah-Angel keep you 
and your wife and your sister as the apple of His 

eye, and forever let you know the joy of 2 Pet. 

As to your question of priority respecting the 
prohibition in Eden, I have only the inspired rec- 
ord to guide me. Gen. 2: 1G, 17. The Lord God 
commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of 
the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree 
of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not 
eat of it. What was said to Mm in his individu- 
ality, was also said to Eve, wdiile yet identified 
with his individual consciousness. 

This is the Divine order of revelation and re- 
sponsibility from Adam to the last soul born on 
earth. The offspring is bound up in the life of 
the parent, and on the latter is laid the solemn re- 
sponsibility of teaching tho newly-begotten life 
the will of God, and training it for eternal glory. 
This awful fact shows how fearfully even the 
church has forgotten the sacreduess of generation 
and infantile culture. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 



« He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he 
that hateth sureliship is sure."— Prov. 1 1 : 15. 

'• My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast 
stricken thy hand with a stranger, thou art snared with the 
words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy 
mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou 
art come into the hand of thy friend ; go, humble thyself, and 
make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor 
slumber to thine eyelids Deliver thyself as a roe from the 
hand of the hunter, and a-- a bird from the hand of the fowler." 

My experience, as well as that of thousands of 
others proves the words of Solomon to be true: 
"He that is surety for a stianger shall smart for 
it." His advice to get out of it is a good one, if 
it can be done. 

Looking at the principle of going security, I 
inquire, "Is it right for me to do so, as it is gen- 
erally done, — I mean with no intention of being 
obliged to pay? 

" How do you know that people do not intend 
to pay that which they are securing by their 
name?" — says one. 

Answer. — Why is it that a dishonest man can 
not get a signer? It is because the signer knows 
he will have to pay it, Why is it that honest, 
wealthy men have no trouble to get signers? It 
is because the signer has no idea he will have to 
pay it. (He does not think that a change of 
hands, often caused by death, will compel him to 
pay it, or he would be more reluctant in putting 
his name to the note. ) That is not all. When a 
rjerson puts his name on a note, as security, with- 
out any intention of paying, what does he do? 
Excuse me for saying it, — he tells a lie. He vio- 
lates Eph. 4: 25, "Wherefore putting away lying, 
speak every man truth with his neighbor." 

The plausible side is, that the endorsing of the 
note on your part helps your poor neighbor. Is 
that true? In one case out of fifty it may help 
him, even though yon do not pay the money ; but 
in the other forty-nine cases, persons may venture 
into debt beyond their means, because they can 
get the article in question by furnishing security. 
Such as need and ask for security, most generally 
have a hopeful future, yet all the time they may 
be on a descending scale. Therefore let all live 
within their means, and if that does not reach, we 
can donate. This will afford more pleasure than 
to pay when we did not intend or expect to do so. 

Let us look at the other side of this question. 
"Is it right for me to ask security?" I emphat- 
ically say, "No," for the following reasons: I ask 
him either to tell the untruth, as above stated, or 
obligate himself to pay for that for which he re- 

Feb. 3, 1891. 


ceived no value. In either case it would he violat- 
ing the Scripture, "All things whatsoever ye 
would that men should do to you, do ye even so to 
them." Matt. 7: 12. 

This may be considered a new subject for a 
church paper. " Better write something about re- 
ligion," says one. If religion were not stigmatized 
to such a fearful extent by financial wrecks, where- 
by comparatively poor people are often made to 
suffer, by rich men failing with their pockets full, 
we would not say a word. Much of this is brought 
about by giving and taking security. 

More might and should be said, but wo will for- 
bear for the present, hoping that this will put 
some to thinking, if not to acting. The religion 
of Jesus is made up of what we do, not of what 
we feel or think. 

Booth, Kans. 



Perhaps there are no two words in all our lan- 
guage whose meaning is more universally neglect- 
ed than that of the two short words, — "Be kind." 
If we would but remember that, after all, it is the 
little things of life that tell in the long run, we 
would more often forget to be unkind. 

The help given, the kind words spoken at the 
right moment, the sympathy quickly expressed, 
and the cordial greeting that "maketh glad the 
heart of the passing stranger," — all these may 
seem insignificant to some of us, but have we not 
seen the helpfulness of them demonstrated in our 
own lives? Have we not, at some time, been sent 
into the depths of despair, by the withholding of a 
kind, encouraging word? Have wo not been res- 
cued from bitterest distress by an act of disinter- 
ested kindness? 

Wo sometimes forget that by persistent doing 
of the little things we are laying the stepping- 
stones to spheres of greater usefulness. 

In teaching ourselves habits of kinduess, we are 
surely following in the footsteps of him, whose 
entire life was one act of continual attention to, 
and consideration for, the feelings and happiness 
of others. Let us not forget that in the humblest 
walks of life, as well as in the highest, there are 
many opportunities for acts of kindness, for 
strengthening words to some of earth's weary ones. 

In using with the utmost diligence this might- 
iest of influences, our own natures shall deepen 
and expand beneath the warm rays of the sun of 

Alvada, Ohio. 

g of " Triune Baptists," and 
ore trouble about titles and 
church-houses, or from bc^ 


Johnl: 9, 10; Mai. 4: 2. Wherefore God, our Let us have the : 

Heavenly Father, says to us: "Awake, thou that then we will have r 

steepest; arouse from the dead, thou that dwellcst deeds to property, 

among the tombs, and Christ shnll give thee light." quests. 

Eph. 5: 14. But to the Christian, passing through If a brother, in making his will, bequeathes five 

the dark valley of trouble, he says: "Arise, shine! thousand dollars to the Triune Baptist church, it 

Thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is at once is settled who gets it if that be our chi 

risen on thee." Isaiah 00: 1. title. 

To the disciple of Jesns this light indeed be- Navarre, Kans. 

longs, and much he needs it in his pilgrimage. | •-•-• 

To him it is given by promise. John 8: 12. "To 

the upright there ariseth light in darkness; light 

is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the 

upright in heart," Ps. 97: 11. The light of 

knowledge, the light of cousolation, the light of 



holiness, and the light of eternal glory are the 
Christian's inheritance, in and through Christ 
Jesus. Without Christ all is darkness, wretched- 
ness and death. With him all is light, life, love 
and peace. 

" In darkest shades, if he appear, 
My dawning is begun ; 


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BY J. N. DAVI3. 

'Unto the upright the 

iseth light 

"Yea, though I walk through the valley ot the shadow of 
death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me."— Ps 23: 4. 

Every Christian must, at times, pass through 
the valley of tribulation. Mental anxiety, sick- 
ness, loss of friends, poverty, persecution, death— 
with many other things — make the materials of 
the valley of tribulation. 

The Blessed Savior has said that all who 
live godly must pass through this valley. John 
16: 33. And again, "Through much tribulation 
ye must enter into the kingdom of Qod." Acts 
14: 22. John, the beloved, looking with wonder 
■at the glory of some who were seen before the 
throne of God, was informed by the angel, that 
they were those who had come out of great tribu- 
lation. Rev. 7: 14. But Christ is the light of the 
world, the Sun of Righteousness, the source from 
which all intellectual and spiritual light is derived. 

One o£ the difficulties in this subject is to find 
Lt when the devil put it into the heart of Judas 
to betray Christ. Certainly it was when he made 
the contract with the Chief Priests. See Luke 
22: 3. "And supper being ended. John 13: 2,. 
"the devil having (' already ' in L. H. Anderson's 
translation ) put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot 
to betray Christ." When did that occur? Right 
after the supper at Bethany. Please read the 
records of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and you will 
find that the contract was made right after the 
supper at Bethany. The records show that from 
that supper at Bethany, Judos sought opportunity 
to do that work till the supper at Jerusalem. We 
can not make the supper at Jerusalem ended till 
after it was eaten. The German translation says,. 
" Und nuch drut Abendessen" You cm not make 
people believe it is after supper until they have 
eaten the meal. 

John, in giving his history of the supper at 
Bethany in the twelfth chapter, brings it in also 
in the second verse of the thirteenth chapter. 
Matthew says, when the contract was made, and 
1 when it was decided how he, — Judas, — was to ac- 
so indefinite, and so oft- 00mpliim ; tj "Then one oE the twelve, called 
Judas [scariot, went unto the chief priests, and 
said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will 
ili liver him unto you? And they covenanted with 
him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that 
time he sought opportunity to betray him." Matt. 
26: 14, 15, 16. 

Ton see this took place right after the supper 
at Bethany was ended. Johu puts it in the past 
tense, — "supper being ended." The devil had al- 
ready put it into the heart of Judas to betray him 
at Bethany, but it was not accomplished until at 
the paschal supper at Jerusalem. Mark 14: 10, 11; 
Luke 22: 3-6. It looks very clear that the 
supper at Jerusalem had not ended when it was 
not eaten yet. 

As our church name 
en misunderstood by strangers as well as misleael- 
iug in its signification, why can we not, at our next 
Annual Meeting, make a change that will more 
properly apply to us as a body of Christian Believ- 
ers? We now have a congregation in our County, 
called " German Baptist," of a different faith and 
order from us. This fact has already caused us 
some trouble in a deed to our church house. 

Now, in order that we might really and truly be 
called what we are in fact, we designate ourselves 
as we truly are, " Triune Baptists." We are in the 
strictest sense of the word, "Triune Baptists." 
This is a true name, — a significant name. 

I have known some appointment to be made in 
the city for preaching by the " German Baptists," 
when a great many English people did not go, sup- 
posing that if we are German Baptists, of course 
the preaching would be in the German language. 

So you see the term is misleading and should be 
changed for a better one. The facts are, many of 
our members cannot speak nor understand Ger- 
man and why should they be called German Bap- 
tists or French Baptists, or any other term, not sig- 
nificant. But when I tell o stranger that I am a 
Triune Baptist, I tell him the truth and he under- 
stands at once that I believe in the Holy Trinity, 
and also that I believe in a threefold baptism. I 
need not tell him a half dozen other names to ex- 
plain to him who I am. 

I have had some conscientious scruples, in tell- 
ing people I am a German Baptist when I cannot 
read German nor understand German preaching, 
But if I tell him I am a Triune Baptist, I am sure 
I tell him the truth. Moreover, the term, " Triune 
Baptists," certainly carries with it a good shar 
of our church doctrine and is truly expressive and 

I therefore ask, that this question be considered 
by all our council-meetings, and carried up to An- 
nual Meetiug from the various churches and Dis- 
trict Meetings. 

"The 'voice of the Lord' is the guido of the 
Lord's people. The Scriptures say much of the 
importance and the benefit of heeding the Lord's 
voice. A part of the blessing connected with 
this command is, however, lost when wo restrict 
the province of that Voice, and limit its guidance 
to purely religious concerns. The voice of the 
Lord is to be listened for, not only in the sanctu- 
ary and in relation to our spiritual interests, but 
equally on the most practical occasions o£ life. 
It instructed the disciples in so small a matter as 
on which side of the ship to cast their net in order 
to catch fish. It should direct all the business 
plans and all the social visits of to-day. "Lord, 
what wilt thou have me to do?" ought to be the 
Christian's constantly recurring question. The 
least duty providentially indicated, secular as 
truly as sacred, is the Divine call to action; and a 
prompt obedience is the only allowable response. 
Thus living, we shall have the fulfillment of God's 
promise to those who 'do his commandments,' 
' good success,'— as God estimates success." 

" Dignity does not consist in possessing honors,, 
but in deserving them." 





The above is the exclamation used by Pilate 
when he first brought the blessed Christ out of the 
Pretorhvm alter the scourging, ami presented him 
to the people. 

The life of Jesus, as recorded by the four evan- 
gelists is a biography of absorbing interest. Oth- 
er biographies of great and good men and women 
have been written, virtues and accomplish- 
ments we greatly admire, but none are presented 
to us without a blemish. All have some weak- 
ness, some imperfection. Jesus is the only alto- 
gether lovely one. Cant. 5 : 10. All the writers of 
the Old Testament, from Moses to Malachi point 
to him, saying, " Behold the man! " 

But deeply interesting as is the whole history 
of Jesus of Nazareth, the last few hours of his 
life are especially so,— those few hours when the 
great plan of human redemption was being con- 
summated—those few hours when the Son of God 
trod the wine-press of the wrath of God alone,— 
when his spotless soul was made an offering for 
sin— when the fierce legions of hell were mar- 
shalled against him,— when human hate stirred to 
its utmost depths by the fell powers of darkness, 
was arrayed in all its fiendish bitterness against 
their great Benefactor. 

As the awful cloud of sin was gathering, and 
settling down over his pure soul, behold him in 
the solitude of the garden with his chosen three! 
Hear his exclamation, " My soul is exceeding sor- 
rowful unto death!" How loug the shadows had 
been gathering who can tell? As the dark pall 
of sin was settling down over hitn, who can con- 
ceive what the Sou of God endured? With pro- 
foundest reverence we will follow him, uuiil in 
the words, "It is finished," he uttered his last 
words from the cross. 

The long-gathering gloom, the pent-up agony 
of his soul found expression in prayer to Ins Fa- 
ther. Behold the man, weighed down with a 
world's sins. "His visage was so marred more 
than any man, and his form more than the sous of 
men." Isa. 52: 14. Oh, the unutterable agony! 
We read of the bloody sweat, that he was sore 
amazed, and very heavy, that he offered up prayers 
and supplications with strong crying and tears, 
but oh! who can understand the bitter ingredients 
in that awful cup that he was accepting from his 
Father's hands? 

At length the victory is gained, the hosts of hell 
are vanquished, and he goes from the scene of his 
spiritual conflict calm and self-possessed to meet 
the fierce assaults of human agencies, whom Sa- 
tan, in his baffled rage, nses to insult and torture 
the Holy One to the utmost extent. But how im- 
potent is their rage! God will work out his be- 
nevolent purpose, for man's redemption, in spite 
of devils or wicked men. " Why do the heathen 
rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The 
kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers 
take counsel together, against the Lord, and 
against his Anointed, saying, "Let us break their 
bauds asunder, and east away their cords from us. 
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the 
Lord shall have them in derision." Ps. 2: 2-4. 

From the Garden of Gethsemane the blessed 
Christ was led before the high priest Caiaphas. 
Here after a mock trial and an accusation of blas- 
phemy, sentence of condemnation was passed on 
him by the chief pontiff. This trial probably 
closed about three o'clock* on Friday morning. 
Nearly three hours must elapse before this sen- 
tence could be formally ratified by the Sanhedrim, 
which body could not lawfully meet and pass sen- 
tence at night. 

Meanwhile Jesus was left in chargo of the 
ugh temple police, while his judges separated, 
probably to seek a few hours' repose. There was 
now to restrain the coarse natures to 
whom the condemned prisoners had been con- 
gned, and they vented their cruelty on him with 
the coarsest brutality. " And the men that held 
Jesus mocked him, aud smote him. And when 
they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the 
face, aud asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it 
that smote thee ? " As soon as day-light approach- 
es, their prisoner is taken from his tormentors and 
led before tho Sanhedrim. The sentence of Cai- 
aphas there being ratified, he is taken before Pi- 
late, the Bomau Governor, but he, failing to find 
any cause of condemnation in the accused, and 
ishing to rid himself of the wdiole affair, beiug 
convinced of the innocency of his prisoner, aud 
yet lacking courage to brave the displeasure of 
the Jews, by releasing him, sent him to Herod 
Antipas, Governor of Galilee, who was then at Je- 

To the many questions put to him by this friv- 
olous and besotted monarch, Jesus maintained a 
dignified silence. Irritated by the seeming con- 
tempt in which he was held byhis prisoner, Her- 
od threw off all restraint, and gave vent to his low, 
fierce nature, by joining with his meu of war in 
heaping iusults aud cruelties on his defenseless 
prisoner. This shameful treatment being over, 
he was again led to Pilate, who, after three inef- 
fectual attempts, to convince the Jews of the inno- 
cency of his prisoner, condemned one whom he 
knew, and whom he had repeatedly declared inno- 
cent, to the awful death of crucifixion. It being 
the Bomau custom to scourge those who were con- 
demned to the cross, Jesus was, by Pilate's orders, 
subjected to this frightful torture. 

Uuder the. fury of the countless stripes the 
wretched victims sometimes sank, amidst screams, 
convulsive leaps, anil distortions into a se 
heap; sometimes died on the spot. Those doomed 
to this punishment were stripped to the waist, 
then tied by the hands in a stooping posture to a 
low post, and beaten with knots of rope or plaited 
leather, armed at the ends with bits of lead or 
sharp-pointed bones. In many cases not only 
was the back of the person scourged, cut open in 
all directions, but even the eyes, the face, and the 
breast were torn and cut, and the teeth frequently 
knocked out. 

The scourging of Jesus was doubtless of the se- 
verest, for the soldiers employed as lictors, were 
only too glad to vent on any Jew the hatred they 
bore the nation. Oh, what he must have suffered! 
" But he axis wounded for our transgressions, he 
urns bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of 
our peaee was upon him; and with his stripes we 
are healed." Isa. 53: 5. 

But the scourging failed to satisfy the cruelty 
of his tormentors. From the whipping post they 
led him into the hall allotted to the common sol- 
diers, where, for the third time, he is mocked and 
treated with every indignity which the most aban- 
doned natures could invent. They clothe his torn 
and bleeding form with a cast-off garment of roy- 
alty. They place upon his' sacred head a crown 
of thorns; they place a reed in his hand, for a 
sceptre, they spit in his face, they smite him with 
the reed; they pluck off his beard. "I gave my 
back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that 
plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame 
and spitting." Isa. 50: 0. 

Amid all this cruelty and injustice, no word of 
complaint escapes his lips. With a God-like dig- 
nity he bore himself, and with a sublime patience 
endured it all. " He was oppressed, and he was 
afflicted, yet he opeued not his mouth." Isa. 53:7. 
Pilate, perhaps thinking that what he had now 
I suffered would satisfy the hatred of the Jews, de- 

termined to make one more effort to save his life. 
Taking him by the hand, he once more led him to 
the pavement in front of the palace, and pointing 
to the Stricken One exclaims, " Behold the man." 
If Pilate thought the sight of all this agony and 
shame would soften his relentless adversaries, he 
mistaken, for no sooner did they behold him, 
than they all cried out, - Crucify him, crucify 
him." They would not be appeased so long as 
ly life remained in him. 

But what do we see in that bent form, in that 

pallid countenance? Ah, I see in that mangled 

form the awful deserts of sin; for if they do these 

things in a green tree, what will be done in the 

dry? I see the love of God that passeth knowl- 

• and all understanding; that love which gave 

his only begotten Son, " that wdiosoever believcth 

. him shall not perish but have everlasting life." 

When I suffer, when deep sorrows threaten to 

erwhelm me, oh, may 1 behold him who endured 

such a contradiction of sinners against himself, 

lest I be weary and faint in my mind. With Paul 

may it ever be my prayer to know him in the 

power of his resurrection, in the fellowship of his 

sufferings, being made conformable uuto his death. 

Sellars. Ill 

"It is not the length or the shortness of our 
earthly life which gives its greatest signiticauce 
to the thought that ' time is short.' It is tho con- 
sideration of that which is beyond— the state of 
existence which awaits every soul beyond the 
grave— that is what impresses us with a sense of 
time's shortness and its mighty importance, as 
fixing that future. The end of the year brought 
this home to us; for, short as our appointed time 
originally was, it is now shorter on earth by a 
whole year. By as much as we have advanced in 
life's journey, by so much are we nearer its end; 

and how ] 

i may 

be, we kn 

not. During 

the year we have occupied ourselves with a thou- 
sand interests— we have passed through days of 
happiness or sorrow, of ease or of suffering — each 
of us has had our own history. Each 'heart 
kuoweth its own bitterness." Probably no two 
have been alike; yet all are alike in this, that 
they are a year nearer their close— time is for 
each a year shorter, eternity a year nearer at 
hand. This is a solemn, but it need not be a sad 
thought, except where time is the soul's only 
If you, my reader, have any cause 
to fear that such is your condition, the thought 
of the shortness of time may well fill you with 
anxiety: and surely it ought to urge you to seek 
with all diligence after that salvation and those 
eternal hopes so freely offered to you in the Gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ. Let not the years call to 
you in vain — or rather let not the voice of the 
Savior, who is ever calling to you to come to him, 
be disregarded by you. Those who are his people 
have a better hope than any that time can offer or 
this world bestow. Not only things present, but 
things to come are theirs; and whatever may be 
the blessings with which they are surrounded, or 
the trials with which they are visited during tho 
present life, they can look forward, through the 
grace of God, to an inheritance so infinitely blessed 
and glorious, that nothing on earth is worthy to 
be compared with it. Their great desire is that 
their souls may be prepared for it, and that they 
may be enabled to walk worthy of God, who has 
called them to his kingdom aud glory, during 
what remains of their time in this world, whether 
long or short." 

" Never be discouraged because good things get 
on so slowdy here; and never fail to do daily that 
which lies next to your hand. Do not be in a hur- 
ry, but be diligent. Enter into the sublime pa- 
tience of the Lord," 


Feb. 3, 1891. 


mich, County ami State. Be brief. 1 
isible. Land Advertisements ate 
e have an advertising page, and. 

Special Thanksgiving Offering 

| the united voice of all .Christendom, through ^|^;— ^S* £ 

| One was an aged and blind man. We feel to make the husband and father b gam. Nancy Myees. 

j, note of it for the encouragement of our ministers, Morrill, Eons. _^ 

I and as a warning to the unconverted. Three years 
before he heard Bro. Calvert speak from the text, 

" Thy Will be done," and he felt he ought to help i — 

to have that will carried out. . He delayed, how- Dia na Miller, SI; Mary Ann Har sough, $1, 
From the Field lmtu Bro Calvert came again, when the for- Joso ph Y. Keeny, S3; J. J. Wlntmer, SI ; Mis. W. 

« ,., mer lesson came forcibly to his miud and, though Klepiuger, SI; Nettie M. Frisbee, SI; J. A. and 
By request of the brethren and sisters of the _ nij , md too £eeblo to lltt end meet- M . E. Cliue, $1; Mrs. D. W. Miller, S3; Henry 

Sugar Creek church, Ohio, I commenced a series B ^ ^'^j^. and dosil . ed t0 attend Larick, SI; Four persons, U; A sister, Si; Katie 

.of meetings at Bagersville, on the evening of Dec. S. needful. Bro. Calvert thought Johnson, SI; A brother, Si; Cath. Annie Gnagy, 

13, and continued until Dec. 23. The weather ™ S eimon alluded to was the weakest effort $2,50; Lydia Miller, 25 cents; Jennie Engle, Si; 

was quite favorable and the attendance good. ™JV™ '* Lueiuda Binohart, SI; Mary Haines, Sl; M. 

The house was often filled to its utmost capacity, ^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ s6TCral o£ Ms lloig |,_ | odell] $1 . Hanll ah Good, SI; Mary Brubaker, $1 
nd the attention was as good as I ever met with. ^ ^ .^ ^ chm4l at the eono i„ s ion „f 

Preaching was a pleasant work under such civ- 1 ^^ ^ ^ ^ amidst teav3 nm , mmh 
cumstances. I preached, in all, fourteen sermons m . ml£| , sl ^ , thy ou the part of the audience he 
for them. Although none were added to the ^ uh „, TOml . u t with the church and the 

.church, yet we are convinced that some were al- _ rf ^ g^ 

most persuaded to join m with the people ot boa, v ^ .^ ^ r6m0Te d, ho was led by two of the 
but, like one of old, they postponed the matter, ^ (o ^ pkee wliere E ld. Jacob Garber ... 

thinking a more convenient season would be , tizclUlim in the names f the Holy Trinity. It church, 01 
granted them. I can not help but mention one " ;, ssive sce ne, not soon to be forgotten. h,r, SI; Su^u „. -- - 

more pleasant feature of said meeting. They have J= ^ Cross, who had spent a Flora Nininger, Si: John Brown, $2, Latayett, 

-* "ithatl lne .V . ,, :...„.,.;„ M..t.r n„d haotized Lweh. Ohio. 83.25; Mingo church, Pa., $15, J 

excellent singing, and take great interest 

part of the worship. I only wish the Brethren 

part of the worship. 1 only wish me "— ' a dozell iuvalids wit l, 
every-where would cultivate this ™portant part ^ fcU ^^ 

life-time in the service of his Master, and baptized 
■inconvenience nor regrets 

of the work,— the song service. May God bless 
the dear brethren for their zeal, and 
them faithful, so that, at last, they may receive a 
crown of glory. 

I also commenced a meeting with the Brethren 

. ,,„„■ part, excepting this that they had not giv- 
en all their life to God's service; the other feeble 
and tottering, blind and helpless, at the eleventh 
hour coming home to Christ. 
A week later he enjoyed a Communion ser ' 

• n Ohto 6 ' The U M- ^ Patient and resigned Matthias 

of the Chippewa church, Wayne Co., Ohio. Ihe ^ ^ wns buned five weeks a ft- 

Brethren there have built a new church house | , , , c .-, „„„„„ ;„ «,„ R„. v i OT . The sol- 

dliriug the past summer. Said house is located 
about° four miles north-west of OrviUe, at th 

south-eastern end of their district,— a point whei 
the Brethren have thought good could bo done by 
continued efforts. ' The writer was requested to 
deliver the dedication sermon Dec. 28, and contin- 
ued the meetings for two weeks afterwards. The 
meetings throughout were well attended and the 
best of attention was given to the Word preached. 
I preached in all twenty-three sermons, including 
one funeral discourse. As an immediate result of 
the meetings eleven precious souls were added to 
the church by baptism. There is one more appli- 
cant, whose baptism has been postponed to a fut- 
ure date. I wish to express my thanks to the 
dear brethren for their kindness, shown me while 
among them. Everything was done to make me 
comfortable. May the Good Lord bless them all, 
and may they live faithful, so that, if we never 
meet again on earth, we may meet in heaven, 
where all is peace and joy ! Reuben Shboyeb. 

Pierce, Ohio. ^^ 

From the Wolf Creek Church, Moatgomery Co., Ohio 

ho had found peace in the Savior. The sol 
_ n occasion was improved by brethren Jacob Gar- 
ber and Samuel Horning, from Kev. 11: 13, 14. 
His a"0 was sixty-five years, one month and six- 
teen days. Ho left three children. 

Jno. Calvin Ebight. 
New Lebanon, Ohio. 

In Memorials. 

A. and E. A. Teeter, $2; John Overhols . 
H Price, SI; Great Bend church, Kaus., $4.60; 
George Maxville, SI; Middle Fork church, Ind., 
$6' Simon Harshman, SI; Mary E. Cupp, $1; 
David Buple, SI; Zilla Smith, 81; Harrison Copp, 
$5.00; Levi Harley, 50 cents; Samuel Mohler, $0; 
Amanda Koutz, SI; Abratn Hoist, SI; Portage 
i; Christian Lapp, 82; Sarah Peeb- 
Newsom, $1; David Ge 

church,' Ohio, 83.25; Mingo church, Pa., $15; J. 
E Blou»k SI; Mary Windle, SI; Amanda Clif- 
ford $1° E. L. Fahnestock, S3; L. E. Miller, SI; 
F A Euos, S2; Nancy Washburn, 81; Mary Bow- 
laud, SI; C. Wanielsdorf, SI; Waddnm's Grove 
church 111 $7.52; Chapman Creek church, 83.50; 
Pleasant Hill church, 8-1.70: E. J. Nehr, 86; Ja- 
cob Wirt 81; Frances Amcu, SI; a sister, 1 a., 
$25; Lanark church, 111, $13; Sarah Brallier, $2; 
H B W Lane, SI; Simon Long, $5; Samuel 
Shawver, S2.95; C. Hage, S2; Esther Fisher, S2; 
a brother and sister, 85; sister Bollinger, 50 cents; 
Mary Sandig, SI; Wm. Roberts, 50 cents; Martin 
Replogle, SI; Ilnfus A. Wyat, si; ArrnaGarver, 
SI; John E. Bossamer, 82; Grundy Centre church, 
Iowa, SID; Emma M. Hornberger, SI; Levi Stump, 
$2- Allen' Banner, SI; J. A. Hopkins, 84; LP. 
Keim, SI; Ida P. Smith, SI; J. F. Boss, SI; Elk 
^ Bun church, Ta, 88; Edward and sister Bailey, 
Jacob Denite, $2; Nathan Hoffman, SI; E. 

Bko. Qdintek Calvert came to us ou the even- 
in" of Dec. 15, and preached two weeks to large 
and interesting as well as interested congregations. 
Many good impressions were made. His sermons 
on the resurrection and baptism were logical and 
convincing. On baptism he made a new departure 
from the usual way of treating this subject. He 
confined himself to the Scriptures He said we 
could find the truth therein, and need not appeal to 
grammar, history, or anything else. In a briet 
manner he discussed the perpetuity, essentiality, 
desien subject and mode of baptism. He cau- 
tioned his audience not to seek further, after hey 
had found the truth, for all who did so were likely 
to find error. , . , 

After disposing of the subject in this way, 1 

passed away Dee. 12, 1890, aged fifty-seven years, ->• 
four months and twenty days. 

His seat in the sanctuary, which was seldom 
vacant while he was yet with us, is now unoccu- 
pied He was bom in Lancaster County Pa., 
July 22, 1833, and baptized in 1857 by Eld Dauiel 
Frv He was married to sister Mary Halm, by 
Eli Enoch Eby, June 2, 1849. Eight children 
were born to them. The oldest-Hiram jjry,- 
departed this life Oct. 25, 1866. An affectionate 
wife and seven loving children, a mother, brothers 
and sisters are left to mourn their loss, with many 
other sympathizing friends. But we mourn not 
as these who have no hope. Bro. Fry served the 
church in the ministry for twenty-six years,-evei 
willing to do all he could Ho was an every-day 
preacher. His loudest preaching was his daily 
life Two of his children were not at home during 
his'late sickness which was caused by a cut in the 
foot last spring, and finally caused blood poison 
ing which resulted in his death The odes 
daughter, sister Rhoda Smith, with her husband 
and little daughter, live in Western Kansas, and 
could not, at once, be reached by telegram so that 
she did not reach home until one clay after the 
funeral. Emory, the oldest son, who was attend- 
in. school at McPherson, Kaus., was sent for and 
came home the day before his death, iwo of the 
children are members of the Brethren church, and 

After disposing ot tne suojee, ... . u u £o]!ow Ulc ,ir good father » 

S2; Lost Creek church, Pa., S3; Wm. Trevorrow 
and wife $2; Solomon's Creek church, Ind., $4.oU, 
Daniel Mnllendore, SI: Susie and Kate Keplogle, 
S2; ^Isaac Brown, $1; Catharine Bluebaugk, Sl; 
LandonWest,Sl; D. P Keefe, H:*J^ 
Barr SI; McPherson church, Kans., $U.I£, mis. 
Mary Sheets, 50 cents; Elizabeth Harshman, S2; 
a brother, SI; Jacob Mitchell, $2; Mound church 
Mo $4.90; Calvin Eodgers, SI; J. S. LaEue, Sl, 
a sister, SI; Nancy J. Bitterly 50 cents; Simon 
Bitterly, 50 cents; Annetta larger, »; Rachel 
Wells, 75 cents; W. H. Gift, 81; Wm. Hollenberg 
and wife, il; Martha Davis, 40 cents; Catharine 
Fdger.l-O cents; Mary Berger, 40 cents, Dennis 
Weimer, 25 cents; sister Weimer 25 cents; Dor- 
sey Weimer and children, 81.20; Anna M. Censer, 
Sl- Wm. Flickinger. S3.50: Purchase Line .chinch, 
$128 Wm D Leedy, $1; F. E. Sandig, $1; Bock- 
ton church, sl.65; Henry and Mary Bollinger, Sl; 
* l n , a T? Net/lv SL A. Brum- 

EllaFry, M cents; S. E. JNeuiy, -i. 
baueb Sl; E. S. Dickey, $1.50; Frank ir i wlm 
th Willis \ Moore Solicitor, saO; Sam- 
chiirch, HI, ""lis A. iuoon. o p,....„ 

„ t .l Hoffman, $2; A. P. Beachy, $4; Maple Grove 
church Ohio, SB; Effa and Eda Strohm $1; A. 
H Umu-an. >:, cents; J. A. W $1; C hapman 

Laura K Ubich, Sl; Nancy Stover, Sl; Catharine 
Ulrieh, Sl. 


Feb. 3, 1891. 

Notes from the Second District of West Virginia. 

Deo. 20, our dear brother, D. J. Miller, from tl 
Buckhaniion congregation, W. Ya., came to oi.. 
place, mar Thornton, and preached for us the same 
evening. On Sunday, the 21st, ho preached the 
funeral of one of our neighbor's little daughters,— 
Lucy May Ball,— aged about seven years. Many 
good thoughts were advanced from the words: 
" Thy sun shall no more go down." Isaiah 60: 20. 
The meetings were closed by the writer. 

Dec, 22, Bio. Miller went to Nuzums,— about fif- 
teen miles distant to hold a series of meetings. He 
began the same evening and staid until Jan. 4. 
Wife, sister Arble and I, started to attend the meet- 
ings Dee. 24. The writer having some matters to 
see after in Grafton, was detained until next morn- 
ing. My stay over night was a pleasant one. I 
stayed with brother and sister Jndkms, who live 
two miles from town and are isolated from the 
church. Bro. Miller preached twijuty sermons at 
this place lo attentive listeners, and we think the 
church was much revived. Sinners were made to 
think and weep. One dear soul was added to the 
church and more were " almost persuaded," to give 
Christ their heart. Oh! whata pity, they were not 
only ■■ almost " but altogether persuaded! 

Jan. 5. Bro. Miller and I returned home to hold 
several meetings. Bro. Miller preached eight ser- 
mons and then closed. He handled the " Word" 
in its primitive purity, and in such away that no 
-ue could dislik- him or his manner of patching 
The cause was built up, we think; and the future 
will only tell what amount of good was done. One 
soul made application for membership and will be 
baptized nest Sunday, if the Lord will; our meet- 
ings closed too soon, but our brother had been away 
from home for some time, and seemed anxious to 

I often wonder why wo are so reluctant about 
leaving this tenement of clay and going to out- 
heavenly home. Lotus be ready, for the call may 
come when we least expect it. " Be ye ready, for 
in such an hour as ye think not. the Son of man 
eometh." "What I say unto one, I say unto all 
Watch. " 

„, . „, Z. Annon. 

Thornton, W. T a., Jan. 16. 

From the Round Mountain Church, Ark. 

« A heavy cloud has been hanging over this church 
for a long time, but, thanks be to God, the cloud 
has disappeared and the sun is shining once more. 
We held our quarterly council Jan. 10. All busi- 
ness was adjusted in the fear of God. The mem- 
bers decided to hold a prayer-meeting on Thursday 
evening of each week. 

At present we are in need of ministerial help, as 
there is but one minister here, who is yonug in the 
work. Eld. Samuel Weimer, formerly of Michigan, 
was with us recently. He commenced meetings 
Dec. 27, and continued until Jan. 2. Ho preached 
seven discourses to crowded houses. Good atten- 
tion and order prevailed. While there were no ad- 
ditions to the church, yet we hope that good results 
will follow. Bro. Weimer has bought a place 
here, and will locate at this place, in Februrary. 

I receive many letters from brethren, asking 
about this country and will say to all those who con- 
template locating in a mild climate, that here they 
can raise all kinds of fruit, as well as com, wheat 
oats, etc. 

Land is cheap here. Well-improved farms are 
worth from S4.00 to SS.OO per acre. There is a 
farm here of 130 acres, 93 acres in cultivation, set 
with 300 fruit trees, which, including a log houso 
and bam and good fences, can be bought for 

Further information will be furnished by ad- 
dressing me as below. Melvan Dawson. 
Goshen, Ark. 

Bridgewater College Notes. 

The Old Folks' Home. 

This is a move in the right direction, for Jesus 
says, " The poor ye have always with you, and ye 
may do them good whenever you will." Those who 
are financially poor are not the only ones who are 
poor. There are those who are physically poor and 
weak, and their circumstances may be such that 
they need to be cared for. Then there are those 
who are partially demented and yet are able to per- 
form an average amount of manual labor, but re- 
alize little benefit therefrom, because of mental in- 
capabilities. Such might be of advantage, both to 
themselves and to the above-named institution 
There are two brethren in the Burr Oak church — 
a father and son— who are in good health, yet not 
able to care for themselves. They have a good farm 
of one hundred and sixty acres, and for a year or 
more have been patiently waiting for the establish- 
ment of our Old Folks' Home in Kansas, intending 
to donate the farm, or the proceeds therefrom to 
the Home. The laud is worth two thousand dollars, 
but has an emcumbraucc to the amount of four hun- 
dred dollars resting upon it. Now, if the Board of 
- Arrangement for the Home could exchange this 
land for land at Booth, that could bo used in the 
Home, it would be m accordance with the wish of 
the owner of the land Then these brethren wish 
to go there, and enjoy the benefits of the Home 
while they live, and leave the farm to be a perpet- 
ual benefit to others. P. B, Porter. 
Esbon, Kans. 

The school is progressing finely. "Onward and 
upward "is the motto. Bro. S. N. McCann, after 
spending four years in the mission field, seems to 
be in his proper element in the class-room. 

Two of the Committee, appointed by last An- 
nual Meeting, gave us an official visit in the early 
part of the session. A visit from them will bo wel- 
come at any time. 

We have just closed a series of meetings in the 
College Chapel, conducted by Bro. H. C. Early. 
While the meeting was in progress, sister Hes- 
ter Early suddenly departed this life, at her home 
in onr town. She was Bro. H. C. Early's aunt. 
Several meetings were conducted by the local min- 
istry during Bro. Early's absence. The efforts of 
the meetings were mainly doctrinal, and were adapt- 
ed to our needs. As an immediate result two pre- 
cious souls have made the wise choice. Others are 
near the kingdom. May Zion prosper, Christ's 
name be glorified and peace reign universal! 

_ . , S. W. Gaebeh. 

Bruhjcwater, Va., Jan. 16. 

From the Dry Creek Church, linn Co., Iowa. 

Bno. G. W. Cripe, who came to us Jan. 1, closed 
his labors here to-day. The clear brother worked 
hard and faithfully while here, declaring God's 
Word with power and earnestness. While there 
were no accessions to the church, we feel that an 
impression for good was made. We are all truly 
glad that Bro. Cripe did visit us, and our prayers 
in his behalf will follow him in the new field in 
which he goes to labor. May God abundantly bless 
and prosper his work. 

On Friday, Jan. 16, the church met in special 
council, to secure more ministerial help. Elders 
Cripe and Zuek had charge of tho election. We 
e admonished by both brethren in regard to 
duties as a church in this matter. The choico 
fell upon two young brethren,— in fact the choico 
was so evenly divided that the elders did not feel 
like deciding the matter, and it was left to tho 
church to say whether we should install both 
brethren or one only. I am glad that both were 

accepted and, as a church, we were made to rejoice 
this morning, when Bro. David W. Miller 
Bro. Jacob Kurtz Miller were set apart for this 
special work. Bro. David is one of our substan- 
tial farmers, aud Bro. Jacob a trusted employee o 
a large mercantile firm in this city. Both breth 
ren are loved by all— both for their persona 
sterling worth, and for their devotion to God'f 
church and work. May the Lord, whom they 
serve abundantly, bless and strengthen them, aud 
fit them for this great work! May they realize 
the obligations laid upon them by the church, nnc 
may God help us, as a church, to know the re- 
sponsibility we have placed upon them, and help 
us, at all times, to bear them up! The prayers of 
God's people every-where are asked in behalf of us 
a11 - W. D. Tisdale, 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

From English Eiver Church, Iowa. 

Our series of meetings closed Dec. 16. On 
Sunday, Dec. 14, six precious young souls were 
baptized into the fold, making fifteen in all during 
the meeting. Many of them were young in years 
and have been faithful in attending church and 
Sunday-school. We have every reason to believe 
that they will be faitliful in the Master's vine- 

Throughout the meeting was one of deep interest, 
and good attendance. The membership is much 
revived and built up in the most holy faith, and 
many are near the kingdom. 

Bro. and sister Hipes are faithful workers and 
have gained many warm friends in this communi- 
ty. May we so care for the tender lambs of the 
fold, that they may grow and become strong in the 
work, and finally receive an inheritance with the 
sanctified, is my prayer! Peter Buoweu 

Jan. 17. 

Unexpected Event. 

Jan. 15 is a most beautiful day, and as I sit at 
ly window and notice the birds actively moving 
•om place to place, singing their morning songs, 
and muse upon the scene, the expression of David 
was brought to my mind, where he said, "Oh 
that I had wings like a dove." He thought then 
he would fly away. I feel like flying away from 
these splints, fastened so tightly upon my arm, 
placed there to heal a fracture, caused by falling 
from a load of hay. I feel like throwing them oS, 
but the doctor says, "No; I put them there to 
stay until an appointed time." As it has been my 
motto in life to " make the best" of what may be 
called ill fato, I'll make the best of this. 

I realize I can not haul hay or cut wood to-day, 
hence the enquiry, What can I do? Sit here, and 
fret, and lament? No, that I will not do. What 
next? I can pen a few lines for the Messenger, 
—thoughts drawn from the following words: " We 
know not what a day may bring forth." There 
are times when these words may bo uttered with 
some indifference, but they appear to me just now 
as deeply significant. I thought as little on the 
13th that I would record in my diary: "Fell from 
load of hay, and fractured arm," as I did of 
taking dove's wings and flying away, and it proved, 
- —indents do,— very unexpected. 

I think on what has, and what might have, 
happened, — falling with a fork in hand, I feel to 
say, "Thank the Lord that it was no worse, and 
that, while I am in this dependent condition, aud 
wife afflicted, I have a ministering angel sent to 
me about twenty years ago, who has been untiring 
in makiug the rough ways of my life smooth." 

When we think of the thousands, hurled into 
eternity by accident, could we hear them speak, 
they, perhaps, would all say, " My death was very 

Feb. 3, 1891. 




mi expecting that I offered, but we should think well on these things. I Weaver, Montmello Ind 6 00 

1 =- neglecting our duties A sister, Funkstown, Md., ^ uu 

here, when we are called to give an account of our A sister, Somerset, Pa 1 00 

life's work' Many are the calls for the Bread of A sister, Cnmora, Va, . . .............. w 

Life W, we pass them by, time after time, „n- Sister Sadie E. ^-^^^ 

Wo are not doing all we can in the Sister Ruth Bowers, St, Joseph, 111.,. ... . I 0U 

neglect Sister Florida J. Etter, Cartersville ™> 

unexpected to me. 1_- , 

on the morrow I would be brought down to death." | Will excuses justify us 
But what have I learned in this event? I answer 
"Much." Again have I been most deeply lm 
ith the words of Jesus, "Bi 



..,..„,„ "^ on ^ t0 l^ rk0f ^ re !™£ ^-T ^°? we^pect'to'gainlBlackEiver cl 

this end we should all more earnestly labor, that, I this great command 

whether called hence suddenly, by accident, or by | the approval of our Blessed Master? 

1 50 


chase Line church, Pennsylvania, 

through Fannie Wise, 1*1 

Sister Julia A. Wood, Bremo Bluff, Va., 
Melrose Center Sunday-school, Grundy Co, 
ie time to begin this work! Let us I Iowa, per G. A. Moore . .... . -™- M 

until next year. Delay may cause Canton congregation, Ohio, 
obedience I us to regret that we were not more earnest, while | Eoyer 

"Oh ye saints, arouse, be earnest.! 
Up nnd work while yet 'lis day! 
Ere the night o! death o'erlakes thee, 
Strive for souls while still you may." 

the Blow process of disease, we can say, " I hav 
glorified thy name hero upon the earth. I have 
finished the work thou gavest mo to do." 

Another thought. While reading in the Mes- 
senger of the many pleasant and profitable meet 
_ s enjoyed by God's children during the last not put it 

Nettie E. Flohy. 


8 95 

Total Receipts, 


Query— How far distant is the time when 
church will enter into a more full realization of I 
the necessity of protection and encouragement to 
her ministers? To the words, "God speed the | 
time when this shall be," my heart responds 
hearty " Amen." D. *"■ Stouffee. 

Benevolo, lid., Jan. 15. 

In Memoriam, 


Jan. 14. 

The Sufferers of the West. 

21 00 

The town of Woodbury, Bedford County, Pa., 
mourns the loss of two of her citizens. Sister 
Susan Bulger died Jan. 7, 1891, of heart trouble. 
Her death was so sudden that but few of the 
family were present when she took her departure. 
Her husband, Abram Bulger, was very sick at the 
same time, of pneumonia and heart trouble, and 
died about seventeen hours afterwards. Tims 
double sorrow was caused to the family. Abram 
Bulgers age was sixty two years, eleven months 
and twenty-seven days. Susan Bulger was a 
daughter of Daniel ZookfW died at the age of 
sixty-three years, ten months and nine days. Five 
sons are left to mourn the loss of father and 
mother, and the community at large deeply sym- 
pathizes in their bereavement. 

At our council-meeting, held Jan. 17, the church 
donated S45.58 for the sufferers of North-western 
Kansas. I see that people are responding to the 
calls in some localities, aud I do hope that the 
different churches of Northern Indiana will at 
once call special meetings and help the needy. In 
Northern Indiana the Lord lias blessed us, so we 
can lend a helping hand. "If there be among 
von a poor man of one of thy brethren within any 
of thy gates in thy laud, which the Lord thy God 
giyeth thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor 
shut thine hand from thy poor brother." Dent. 
"He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth 
unto the Lord." Prov. 19: 17. J. H. Milled. 

Car fare, 



Stove for school, 6 '£ 





1 00 
7 00 
5 00 
1 15 

s:i;i 7:1 

From the Claar Church, Pa. 

BiiO. John B. Flock commenced a series of 
meetings with us Dec. 20, aud continued until 
Jau 8. The interest and attendance were good, 
and we believe good impressions were made on all 
..thizes in tneir oeituvemeu^ present As an immediate result one dear 

Both of the departed ones were buried at the ^^ .^ Qut on tke Lo vd's side and was 
same time,— an occurrence never before seen m ed Mny tlie Lord eTer help him to walk 

this locality. The funeral took place at the in ' newness £ life! Bro. Fluck'- " 

Replogle meeting-house, and it was -the largest 
one over held in Morrison's Cove. The services | 
were conducted by Bro. Brice Sell, assisted by 
Rev J W. Wagoner, of the Church of God, fron 
1 Cor. 15: 25, 26. D. S. Replogle. 

From Timberville, Cal. 

The Brethren of the Conejo church have a liv 
and interesting Sunday-school with Bro. Wn 
Strohm as Superintendent, and a full corps of 
officers and teachers. Both old and young take 
part in the exercises. We have a good country 
here People, seeking homes in Southern Cali- 
fornia would do well to look at this part before 
settling elsewhere. Land is not as high here yet 
as in other parts, which gives people in limited 
circumstances, who desire to live in the Sunny 
South, a chance to get a home. Ministers who 
are willing to work for the Master, would find 
plenty of chances on this coast, aud their labors 
would certainly be much needed. 

The thought of ttimes arises, " Why do wo as a 
church, not have more missionaries ,n the field.' 
Is it for the lack of money, or is it because we 
have no brethren in our Fraternity who are strong 
enough to go out and fight the battles ot life, to 
fulfill the command, "Go ye and preach the Gos- 
pel to every oveotiue? " There are many exouses 

practical and to the point, and we feel that a debt 
of -latitude is due to our dear brother for his 
earnest labors while with us. The way has been 
made more clear, dark clouds are passing by, and 
sunshine is beginning to brighten the church 
again May we all let our light so shine that the 
world may see our good works, and glorify our 
Father in heaven, is my prayer! 

C. F. Lingenfelter. 

Baltimore Bihle School. 

The following is the report of the Brethren's 
Bible school for the fourth quarter, ending Dec. 31, 


Balance from last report, $ ^ jjO 

The Lord's Tenth, - ■ ■ • ■ ■ ■ • ■ 

Little folks, Eel River Sunday-school, West 

House, through E. Leckroue 

New Enterprise Sunday-school, Pennsylva- 
nia, through Rosie S. Myers, 

Sister Anuie Roop, Linwood, Md., ■■■■■•■■ 
Sister Rebecca Miller, through G. b. 

Byerly, Lima, Ohio 

Bro. G. S. Byerly, Lima, Ohio 

Arthur Berkley, Waterloo, Iowa, • • • • 

Brethren's missionary meeting, per J. A, 

16 09 


Balance in Bank Wa <« 

James T. Quinlan, Supt. 
1315 Light St., Baltimore, Md. 

A. Visit to Eastern Pennsylvania. 

I left my home Dec. 18, 1890, to visit the Up- 
per Codorus congregation, York County, Pa., and 
to labor with them for a few weeks in the vine- 
yard of the Lord. When I arrived at the Alle- 
ghany Mountain, I found that the road was block- 
aded with snow, and we were detained for about 
twenty hours. I arrived at Black Rock about 
noon Dec. 20, and found the brethren aud sisters 
earnestly contending for the faith once delivered 
to the saints. I preached twenty sermons for 
them, which they divided among six different 
places They can not see the way clear to con- 
tinue the meetings at one place for a week or two. 
It seems they have fears that by so doing some 
might be induced to unite with the church with- 
out fully counting the cost. 

At this meeting, I had the satisfaction of meet- 
ing Bro. Adam J. Shope, from the neighborhood 
of Harrisburgh. He was also there on a visit, 
and we were together at several appointments, 
which enabled us to form an acquaintance, which 
will not soon be forgotten. The meetings, with a 
few exceptions, were well attended, and good at- 
tention was given to the preaching. We had suf- 
ficient evidence to convince us that some weie 
deeply impressed with the necessity of coming out 
on the Lord's side, aud we hope that the good im- 
pressions made will not be lost. On my way 
home, I stopped off at Hagerstown Md -the 
place selected for holding next Annual Meeting- 
and preached for them Sunday morning and even- 
ice I also had the satisfaction of taking a view of 
of the place where the Annual Meeting will be 
held In my judgment, the location is a very 
Ebod one It is on a slight elevation and commands 
a -rand view of the surrounding country. I ar- 
ri^d home Jan. 5. Many thanks to the brethren 
and sisters for their kindness. 

Valentine Blotjoh, 
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ames 5: 14. is binding upon all Christians, 
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Mount Morris, HI., 

Jeremy Taylor has truthfully said: "The 
preacher's life is his best sermon." 

The addresses of the following brethren are 
changed as here given: J. L, Suavely from Green- 
wood, Nebr., to Ashland, same State; Jasper N. 
Perry, from Quinter, Kaus., to Seward, same 

Bno. John S. Snovvberger and wife, of Hol- 
yoke, Colo., who are now on their way to the East, 
stopped a few days with us, recently. Bro. John 
preached for us on Sunday, Jan. 25, both morning 
and evening. May the Lord's blessing accom- 
pany our dear brother and sister on their journey 
Eastward, as well as in their future labors! 

The meetings, conducted by Bro. J. C. Murray 
at the Silver Creek meeting-house, are fairly at- 
tended, and excellent interest is giveu to the Word 
preached. Our dear brother is laboring earnestly, 
and may we not hope that, by the blessing of God, 
and the united prayers of all, many may bo 
brought to the knowledge of the Truth? 

ore a time i 

Ihe history of 01 

r church when the 

ot wen, the 

n-ayer con-ring? 

Were any of our 

allowed to 

[ ivsch ? Pli asc 

tnswer through the 
Ada S, Dure. 


The Prayer Covering. —Women Preaching- - Parties — 
Holding Office— Shall the Saints l)e Jndged at the 
General Judgment? -Elders' Rule- -Judging' Ar.- 

sislcrs did j 

Ans. — 1. "We have no grounds for supposing that 
our sisters have not worn the prayer covering, 
ever since the church Mas founded in America as 
well as in Europe. The cap now so generally 
worn by our sisters was worn by the women in all 
the churches. We have in our possession por- 
traits of Bro. Peter Keyser and his wife, sister Han- 
nah Keyser. Sister Hannah Keyser has her head 
covered with the usual prayer covering. Bro. Peter 
Keyser succeeded Alexander Mack as elder of the 
churcli at Germantown, Pa. The following ex- 
tract from the diary of Alexander Mack now in ihe 
possession of Bro. A. H. Cassel, of Harleysville, 
Pa., an exact copy of which we have before us, 
gives the date of Bro. and sister Keyser's baptism. 
"In dem Monate Ocfob-r 1760 sind S Personal 
gefauft worden, n&mlich Peier Keyser and sein 
Weib, Hannah Keyser, Heinricli Sharpneck und 
sein il'eib, Sarah Sharpn'eck, Johannes ScJlling- 
lujr, Conrad Stamm, Elizabeth Kolb, und die 
•Schwesier Fendin." In English we would read 
that in the month of October 1760 eight persons 
were baptized, namely Peter Keyser and bis wife, 
Hannah Keyser, etc., etc. The evidence here 
giveu shows that our sisters wore the prayer cover- 
ing in Alexander MacVs time. 

2. Sister Sarali Major preached for mauy years 
among the Brethren, and her labors were much 
appreciated, and were blessed of the Lord to the 
edification of the church and the conversion of 
sinners. The church does not install sisters in 
the ministerial office but where they manifest the 
ability to prophesy, using the latter word with its 

modified meaning, to speak to the edificatii 

comfort of the church, they are not prohibited 
i using the gift that is in them. "We have 
sometimes felt that our sisters might do more 
work in this direction than they are now doing. 

2. Js it consistent with the rules of llic Brethren churcli 
>r an elder lo prepare a supper for a Grand Army lodge or a 
i,!M.|uci.ule parly? Please answer through Ihe Messenger. 


Ans. — The query can only have one answer, and 
that is an emphatic no. "We feel that it is really 
ecessary to give much space to a query of this 
kind. The Gospel is strongly against all such 
practices, and the church has always ruled against 
them. We are hardly ready to believe that an 
elder of the church should so far forget his holy 
calling as to engage in the worldly practices 
named in the query. 

3. Will you please instruct us through the Messenger how 

al political elections, whert 
ursing and shearing, and the 
ight. The law says: "Hone 
i serve without a lawful ex- 
undred dollars, or serve his 

tat can read and write, 

ise, he shall pay a fine 

me in jail at one dollar per day. Please give advice and 

Jlige the Conejo church, Cal. 

Ans. — In many of our States the law provides 
that those who make serving on juries, or filling 
a public oflice a matter of conscience, may be 
excused. And we are of the opinion, that if our 
brethren of the Conejo church, California, are con- 
scientious in this matter, and so state it to the 
judge, that they may be relieved from such serv- 

ice. Of course those who have no conscientious 
scruples on the subject could not consistently 
enter such a plea. But the position, always taken 
by the* church, has been against the members 
holding political offices. Indeed it has been made 
a test of churcli privilege. Those who held offices 
in which they were compelled to violate any of 
the principles of the Gospel, either in taking or 
in administering a legal oath, or in other ways, 
were asked to give up such office, and if they re- 
fused, then they were denied the privilege of the 
Communion, and if they continued in disobedience, 
they were disfellowshipod. These facts brought 
to the notice of tho judge having jurisdiction 
over a case of refusal, to serve as a judge of elec- 
tion, would doubtless be accepted as a lawful ex- 
cuse. If not, and the brethren feel that they can 
not conscientiously serve, then rather suffer for 
Christ's sake than to violate a principle of our 
holy religion. In this we would only emulate the 
example of the apostles, and, in these days, of our 
Brethren in Sweden, where two are now in prison 
because they refuse to go into the army. 

4. Do the St-ripii 
in the Day of Judgii 

iih Un 


s have the t 

; [tints are to be judged 
; had a part in the first 
iie earth one thousand 
le rendering. 

Ans. — Those who are found worthy to have 
a part in the first resurrection, with all those who 
are alive at Christ's second coming, and who are 
to be changed and caught up to dwell with Christ, 
will not stand before the judgment seat of Christ 
in the same relation to it as will those who come 
forth at the final resurrection. To suppose that 
those who have reigned with Christ a thousand 
years shall then be judged, is not in accordance 
with tho teaching of the New Testament. 

Paul says, Romans 14: 10, "For we Bh all all 
stand before the judgment seat of Christ;" and 
again, in 2 Cor. 5: 10, " For we must all appear be- 
fore the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone 
may receive the things done in his body, accord- 
ing to that he hath done, whether it be good or 
bad." These Scriptures would seem to indicate 
that all must appear at the judgment seat; but 
when we examine the Scriptures carefully we find 
that they teach that the judgment may be made in 
this world, "For if we would judge ourselves, we 
should not be judged." 1 Cor. 11: 31. This 
Scripture would seem to show that we judge our- 
selves. This we may do by taking God's "Word 
and judging our lives and our actions by it. Tho 
Master once said, " I judge no man, but the words 
which I have spoken, they shall judge you in the 
last day." 

But an examination of the following Scriptures 
will, we think, show that the saints, while they 
will appear at tho judgment seat of Christ, will 
not stand there as do those who have not had a 
part in tho first resurrection. " And Jesus said 
unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which 
have followed me in tho regeneration when the 
Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye 
also shall sit upon twelve thrones judging tho 
twelve tribes of Israel." Matt. 19: 28. "Do you 
not know that the saints shall judge the world?" 
1 Cor. 6: 2. "Know ye not that wo shall judge 
angels? how much more things pertaining to this 
life." 1 Cor. 6: 3. The Scriptures show plainly 
tho position that the saiats shall occupy, at the 
great judgment throne of Christ. It seems to us 
that tho conclusion is a plain one, that those who 
have part in the first resurrection will not be 


judged at the final day of accounts. " And I saw 
thrones, nud they sat on them, and judgment was 
given unto them: and I saw the souls of those 
that wove beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and 
for the word of God, and which had not wor- 
shipped the beast, neither his image, neither had 
received his mark in their foreheads, or in their 
hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a 
thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived 
not again until the thousand years were finished. 
This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy 
is he that hath part in the first resurrect ion : on 
such the second death hath no power, but they 
shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall 
reign with him a thousand years." Bev. 20: 4-0. 
Shall these be judged? We think not. 

5. The River Brethren having an equal right in a church- 
house with Hie Brethren, would it be right for the elder of the 
Brethren church to extend the liberty and cause a third 
denomination to hold meetings in saiil house every four 
weeks in direct opposition to the wishes of the River Breth- 
ren, and also the Brethren? If not right what should be re- 
quired of an elder pursuing such a course? A Brother. 

Ans. — If an elder should pursue a course, such 
as is marked out in the above query, it would show 
a very great lack of judgment. Certainly he 
could not expect that such a course would result 
in good. All parties interested in the ownership 
of the house should be consulted, and no attempt 
to force them to admit others into their house of 
worship should bo made. The elder who would 
do so would be violating a principle of right,— so 
far as the Biver Brethren would be concerned, and 
would be clearly lording it over God's heritage in 
relation to his own church, and should be called 
to account and sot right by the adjoining elders. 

DC ir Edihir:— 

6. Please give through the MesseNGku the meaning of 
the word charily, according to the Scriptures. What are we 
to practice among ourselves as directed in 

: Jon 

The word translated charity in 1 Cor. 13, and 
in the Scripture above referred to, means lovi 
"When the Authorized -or King James' Translation 
was made, the word charity meant love, but its 
meaning has been considerably changed, and w 
now think of giving to the poor when the word is 
used. The Revised Version uses the word love 
instead of charity, and we have the follow 
translation of 1 Pet. 4:8: " Above all things being 
forvent in your love among yourselves; for love 
covereth a multitude of sins." As brethren of oue 
common faith, we are to love each other fervently. 
A careful reading of the thirteenth chapter of first 
Corinthians, with a desire ou our part to have the 
kind of love there set forth will be helpful to us. 
There is not a grander theme in the New Testa- 
ment than that of love. Oh that wo all had more 
of it in our hearts. 

7. How shall we judge angels, and who ji 
shall judge? See 1 Cor. 6: 3. Plense esp 
Messenger. A. Nei.s 

Ans. — The Scripture upon which a 
is desired, reads as follows 
shall judge angels? how : 
pertain to this life." 

We read of fallen ange 
these to whom reference 
certainly will not be judged. They are innocent, 
and are God's messengers. As to how wo shall 
judge angels is not so clear, or, rather, Paul does 
not explain how. He calls our attention to a 
fact, and draws an argument from it in favor of 
Christians settling their difficulties among them- 
selves. Some commentators hold that " Chris- 
tians will bo qualified to see the justice of even 

the sentence which is pronounced on fallen angels. 
They will be able so to embrace and comprehend 
the nature of the law, and the interests of justice, 
as to see the propriety ol: their condemnation." 
It seems to us that, as the " saints shall judge 
the world," the fallen angels will be included in 
that judgment, and that those who have part in 
the first resurrection will also lako part in the 


Comfortable Railroading— Suffering in the 
West. - Tract Boxes. 
What marvelous improvements the closo of the 
nineteenth century is developing in railroad travel ! 
Ten years ago we traveled via the Union Pacific 
to Salt Lake City, Utah. Then the railroad eating- 
house, with twenty minutes for diuner, at $1.00 a 
meal was the order of the day, and what a rush 
there was for a place at the table, and then, what 
bolting down of half-masticated food. No wonder 
so many people were afflicted with dyspepsia. We 
imiber, too, the stories told of how the con 
ductor was supposed to be in league with the mai 
who furnished the meals, and how, by the time 
you were comfortably seated and had only fairly 
.in appeasing your hunger, the sounding of the 
bell and the cry of " All aboard," startled the 
hungry traveler from the tables, leaving a part ef 
the meals to be served to the hungry crowd that 
was sure to come that way on the next t] 
Now this is all changed. From Chicago to Snn 

Francisco, via Union Pacific, yon may travel 1 

have your meals served regularly on the magni- 
ficent Pullman dining cars. A bill oE fare i: 
presented equal to any first-class hotel. You can 
take au hour to eat your dinner, if you like, find 
pay seventy-five cents for the meal. There is no 
rush, no hurry, and while you eat you are gliding 
along toward the setting sun at the rate of forty 
miles an hour. Combine this with the comforta- 

1 through the 

' Know yo not that 
uch more things that 

I, and it is doubtless 
i made. Holy an 

ble chair-cars and the Pullman sleepers, and it 
seems that we have reached the climax of comfort 
in railroading. 

" But won't riding in an air-ship bo better," says 
some oue whose organ of hope is largely developed. 
Well, we don't know. The Mt. Carrnel air ship 
man has not yet succeeded in bringing about 
promised results, and, after all, this attempt to 
navigate the air may only add another to the 
thousand and one failures ou record, beginning 
with Mr. Green's flying machine and ending with 
the recent failure of the two saoguino young 
Frenchmen, who constructed au air ship with 
which they expected to reach the North Pole. 
Those who are engaged in searching tho Scripture 
to find passages to fit air-ships, will doubtless be- 
come better acquainted with the Bible in that 
way, but we are of the opinion that it will be 
sometime before they can apply the Scripture to 
a successful flying machine. Wo propose to stand 
by the railways. 

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' Our first objective point on this trip was Bea- 
trice, Nebr., the home of Bro. J. E. Youug. Bro. 
John had made a trip to the Western Counties, 
where people are in a suffering condition, and 
from him we learned much of the true condition 
of affairs. In one County the clerk reports three 
hundred families that need help, and in the entire 
drought-stricken district, more than fifteen hun- 
dred families must be helped, or they will suffer. 
We arranged with Bro. Young to go to Hitch- 

cock, Dundy and Chase Counties, and look after 
the needy there. While at Beatrice a card from 
Bro. John Brooke, of Warrensburgh, Mo., was re- 
ceived, stating that they had a car load of provi- 
sion ready to ship, and asking where to send it, 
Bro. Young gave instruction to have it sent to the 
County-seat of Dundy County. Bro. G. E. 
Whisler, of Ashland, Nebr., who has been ap- 
pointed by the State District Meeting of Nebraska 
eneral solicitor for the sufferers, will assist 
Bro. Youug in tho good work. The plan of dis- 
tribution is to see that the money and provisions 
go into the hands of those who have need, and 
each recipient of money will give a receipt. In 
this way, when tho report is made of this charita- 
ble work, tho donors will know of a certainty 
that tho money they gave has gone to alleviate 
human suffering. Tho business men and the 
daily press speak approvingly of this plan of dis- 
tribution. The editor of the Reatricc Daily Ex- 
press commended the charitable work of the 
church very strongly in an editorial notice. He 
remarked to us that the mouey the church was 
contributing for the sufferers, would do more good 
than twenty thousand dollars worth of old cloth- 
ing, upon which a high estimate was placed to 
swell the amount of donations. "Your method of 
work," said he, "is what I call practical charity. 
You put your hands into your pockets, takeout 
your dollars, and see that they go into the hands of 
the needy." 

Passing through Lincoln, Nebr., ou our way to 
Cheyenne County, where we were informed some 
help was needed, we stopped over night with Bro. 
L. H. Eby, who is engaged in the Mission and 
Tract Work at this place. Hero the Brethren aro 
making an effort to build a house of worship, and 
they need it very much. At present Bro. Eby is 
holding meetings in his own hired house. We en- 
joyed a season of worship with the Brethren in 
Bro. Eby's house. A few planks were carried in 
and laid upon chairs, and thus seats were pro- 
vided for the little band of worshipers. Here 
we experienced, as we have often done before this, 
that God blesses the few as well a6 the multitude. 
AVe enjoyed the meetiug very much, and felt it 
was good to be there. 

In several of the depots at Lincoln are to be 
found neat wooden boxeshanging against the wall, 
filled with reading matter. On the boxes we read 
this inscription: "Brethren's Tracts,— Fiiee." 
Wo rejoice in this good work, aud are glad to know 
that the Tract Committee is moving in this direc- 
tion. Let the good work go on until boxes of this 
kind, well filled with tracts, setting forth the 
true doctrines of the Gospel, may be found all over 
our land. Travelers, waiting for a train, will often 
take a tract and read it, when at other times they 
would lay it aside. The railway depot is an ex- 
cellent place for these little boxes. An invitation 
to take a tract might be added to the inscription 
on the boxes with advantage. 

From Lincoln our course is westward to the 
Colorado line, thence south into Western Kansas, 
where it is said there are many needy ones. We 
close this letter after a twenty-six mile ride across 
the country, visiting those who have not raised a 
crop for three years. The work looms up. There 
is much to be done, for these people surely need 


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In reading the many letters and thoughts pre- 
sented in Gospel Messenger Mo. 49, 1 was much 
impressed with the brief notice of the first love- 
feast meeting held near Liimell, Beaker Co., Minn, 
as given by sister Barbara Moore, oue of the few 
isolated members hi that part of the great vine- 
yard. She says: "We have not heard the Breth- 
ren preach siuce about a year ago." 

What a statement! Only one meeting and ser- 
mon in a year, and, yet it is expected that the 
lambs and the Hock are to grow with such a feed- 
ing as this! That, too, when there is not a man 
or a beast on the earth, in any place, age, or con- 
dition, that can live one-fourth of that time with 
but one feeding. 

While I am fully aware that this is not the only 
case of the kind, aud that such a state is not always 
the fault of those so placed, or of those who may 
once in a year visit and feed the scattered and 
starving sheep of the Lord's flock, I am also 
aware that there are scores of churches in the 
Brotherhood, where there are too many speakers 
for the good, either of tlte church or the speakers, 
or for the glory of God's name. Not infrequently 
the great abundance of ministers behind the table 
serves to hide much useful talent. Much harm 
may result, and there is a tendency to divide and 
weaken the flock already gathered. 

In our present situation we have sheep scat- 
tered far and wide, with but few shepherds, if 
any, to feed them, and then only one meal in a 
year. A growth in grace and knowledge may be 
made even under such circumstances, neverthe- 
less, i3 this not to come up through great tribula- 
tions, as we read in Rev. 7: 17? While they are 
starving, others are fed with too much food for 
either health or growth, day after day upon the 
same dish, until the fond that was once sweet to 
them is now stale and sour. Is not such a condi- 
tion likely to produce lukewannness in both 
members and churches, and to be neither cold nor 
hot? Rev. 3: 15, 18? 

My experience shows that the places where the 
most speakers are seen, or where the most preach- 
ing is done are not always the strongest in the 

faith. Lukewarmuess evidently has its cause, 
like all other effects, and I see nothing so well 
calculated to produce lukewarmuess in the mem- 
bers of a church as over-feeding, or too much 
food of the same kind. The Bible is a volume of 
ariety from beginning to end, and faithfully to 
preach the Word to all people, would afford an 
endless variety to all hearers, and of good things, 
both new and old. 

While viewing the situation, as now presented 
to us, both East and West, I can think of nothing 
to illustrate the conditiou of the spiritual house 
or family, better than by the heading, chosen for 
this article, viz., a wheel, with its rim and tire, 
spread wide aud far enough that much service 
may be done, and great fruit bo grown on the 
ground covered, but as the wheel is very weak, 
there is but little service done for the Master, all 
because the spokes on the oue side of the wheel 
are too near together, while on the other they are 
few and far between. 

The older and smaller districts, or congrega- 
tions, often have an over-supply of speakers with 
many fine plants choked out, while the new and 
largest fields have but few speakers, and, in some 
places, none, and meetings, perhaps, but once a 
year. Hence our circle, or wheel, although full 
and complete, so far as plan and principles are 
concerned, is far from being perfect and effectu- 
al in bearing much weight or fruit, aud must ever 
remain so, until it is completely balanced, and has 
» spokesman at every point in the circle, so that, 
when there, he may feed the flock, — both lambs 
and sheep, — not merely once in a year, but week- 
ly, and that, too, with the sincere milk of the 
Word, aud thiDgs both new and old. 

If possible, the minister should visit his mem- 
bers and feed them daily with the word of God's 
ce. Nourishment should be given uot only to 
the sheep, but to the young, even to the babes in 
Christ, that all "may grow iu grace, and in the 
knowledge." 2 Pet. 3: 18. See also Acts 20: 28, 
31. Then may the body 
entire, wanting nothing.'' 

Dec. 31, 1890. 

wheel "be perfect and 
-James 1: 4. 



Dear Children: — 

It is now past Christmas, and the time ha 
come for me to send in my report. I have sue 
ceeded in raising more than $100 during the past 
year. I truly feel to thank all, as well as the All- 
wise Creator for the blessing he has bestowed 
upon me, for he has put it into the hearts of his 
dear children, in many ways, to be mindful of 
him, in working for him in his blessed cause. 
Dear children, let us do all we cau for him, for 
we only have a short time to manifest our love in 
his behalf, in working to improve our time and 
talents to his own glory. God has ever been 
mindful of us, from the earliest dawn of our ex- 
istence in this world. He tells us that he is mind- 
ful of the little sparrow aud the lily of the field. 
Yea, the very hairs of our head are all numbered. 
He counts the soul of man of more value than 
the wealth of the whole world. 

It is very important, then, that we look to the 
ways of our going in this life, that we may pat- 
tern after the Holy Child Jesus, and follow in his 
footsteps. He has atoned for the sins of the 
whole world. 

I ain made to wonder why our work does not 
increase more abundantly, with the wealth and 
talent we have in our Fraternity. Is it as somi 
have said: "Many among us do not know theri 

been at work, can it be that there are some that 
do not? I am only working diligently in that 
line, as God may direct, to his own glory and re- 
nown. What would it profit me if I should work 
otherwise? If faithful I expect my reward in the 
eternal world, where sorrows are not known, where 
the weary are at rest, and where everything good 
will be revealed to us, that we may fully under- 
stand the mysteries that are awaiting all the faith- 
ful laborers in his service, while here below. 

I fear when called away, many of us will say, 
"Oh! how little we have done for our dear Lord, 
who gave his life for us!" Let us ask ourselves 
daily, " Are we ready and walling to do all we 
can, where and whenever the opportunity affords? 
In order to accomplish this we are to put self 
and selfish ways aside and give God the praise 
and honor. Jesus came to do the will of his Fa- 
ther who sent him. Are we all ready to do the 
will of Jesus who has redeemed us from our sins? 
Oh! if only divine love were dwelling richly in 
our hearts, we would be better prepared to do that 
which he has given us to do. 

Sometimes I am made to ask myself the ques- 
tion, " What am If" God says, " What art 
thou, that I am mindful of thee?" Then I can 
see myself as I am, — a mere worm of the dust! 
"Dust thou art aud unto dust thou shalt return." 
Aud yet there is a soul within us that lives be- 
yond the grave. When we sacrifice our will to 
his Divine Will, he will reward us openly in due 

Many times trials, temptations aud oppositions 
present themselves to me, but when I realize that 
it is the Lord's work in which I am engaged, I 
am ashamed to have been shaken, and so nearly 
overcome. May God grant that I hold this work 
very sacred 1 May he open up many more hearts 
to join me in the work, so that my next report, in 
June, will exceed that of any time, heretofore, in 
that month, "With this report I will have sent in 
S40S.00 during the time the good Lord has trusted 
the work to my care. The Lord has thus blessed 
me through my labors of love in his behalf, and 
will crown us in the eternal home with bright- 
shining stars, that will be radiant far beyond any 
description, if ever faithful to the end. God has 
blessed the amount to his own glory, for it is he 
who knoweth what good can come out of that 
which has been done in and through his name. 
God will be praised and hallowed be his name for 
his loving-kindness toward his wandering chil- 
dren. May we learn to do more for his blessed 
cause, in securing to many starving souls the 
Bread of Life. Dear children, we entreat you to 
still continue in your good work for the Lord, and 
never get weary in well doing. 

Centre View, Mo., Anna B. Witmore, $1.67; 
Virden, 111., David C. Gibson, 36 cents; Pleasant 
Plains, 111., Thomas Wright, 45 cents; Rockwell 
City, Kans., Amther G. Bishop, 10 cents; Virden, 
111., James Wirt's S. S. class, 2 qr., 67 cents, Han- 
nah Wirt's S. S. class, 2 qr., 62 cents, Primary 
S. S. class, 2 qr. $1.16, Carrie Gibson's S. S-, 
class, $2.24; Pipe Creek S. School, Linwood, Md., 
by Clara Englar, $2.70; Lansdale, Pa., Winfield 
Moyer, 10 cents, Herbert Moyer, 5 cents, Emma 
J. Moyer, 10 cents, Ella Moyer, 25 cents; Sharps-: 
burg, Md., Freddie Miller, 20 cents, Goldie Mil- 
ler, 20 cents, W. Miller, 10 cents, E. A. Miller, 50 
cents; Virden, 111., Everett Gibson, $1.30; Everett, 
Pa., Sarah Barudollar, GO cents, E. Barndollar, 1Q 
cents, Clara Barndollar, 50 cents, Mary Grace 
Barudollar, 50 cents; Rockton Pa., S. S., Libbio 
Hollopeter, 83 cents, Darrell Hollopoter, 10 cents.; 
Virden, 111., Preston Gibson, 50 cents; Somerset, 
Pa., Mary Schrock, 81.00, Robert Shrock, 50 cents, 

is a children's mission established? " AVhen, for Walter Shrock, 30 cents; Howard Shrock, 20 cents; 
the past four years nnrl nine months, we have ! Virden, III, Eva Lena Gibson, 38 cents, Lemuel 

Feb. 3, 1891. 



Gibson, 13 cents; Lima, Ohio, Pet Early, 15 cents, 
Ella Miller, 10 cents, Cora Rhiuehart, 6 cents, 
Pearl Byerly, 5 cents, Chester Byerly, 5 cents, 
Freddie Byerly, 5 cents, AYilliam Byerly, 20 cents; 
Pipe Creek church, Linwood, Md., by Clara Eng- 
lar, $2.30; Middlebury, Ind., E. J. TJlery, S2.55 ; Car- 
rie B. Gibson's S. S. class, 82.21; Hannah Wirt's S. 
S. class, 54 cents; Cerro Gordo, III; Sarah Runs, $1; 
Hudson, 111., T. D. Lyon, 8 cents; Chenoa, 111., 
Henry Forney, 7 cents; Morrisonville, 111., Mollie 
McClure, 10 cents; English, Iowa, Annie Groves, 
10 cents, Mollie Groves, 10 cents, Minnie Swink, 8 
cents, Katy Vandyke, 6 cents, Maggie Etter, 1 
cent, Annie Stoner, 1 cent, Allie Gavber, 11 cents; 
Black Rock, W.Va., Charles Frantz, 50 cents, Ella 
Frautz, 25 cents, Milton Baker, 25 cents, John 
Hamstead, 50 cents, George Hamstead, 25 cents, 
Polly Geiser, 50 cents, Sarah Idleman, 25 cents, Hi- 
ram Lyon, 50 cents, Margaret Lyon, 50 cents, El- 
mira Hilkey, 25 cents, Otis P. Ebert, 81.00; Bun- 
ker Hill, 111., M. F. Slifer, S2.00. 

Thanksgiving Offering. — Carrie B. Gibson, 
$2.00; Dayton, Ohio, May B. Stitely, 50 cents, 
Maretta Stitely, 50 cents; Virden, 111., Pleas- 
ant Hill church, $484; Ella Jaggers, 11 cents, 
Sarah Winelaud, 10 cents; Rockingham, Mo., S. 
S., by Minnie C. Sandy, $2.56; Virden, 111., Lizzie 
Beckner, 90 cents, West Otter church, Children's 
Meeting by L. Brubaker, 82.57, Everett Gibson, 10 
cents; Hudson 111., Hudson church, 82.75; Virden, 
111., David Gibson, 20 cents. 

Moscow, Idaho, Ervin Pefley, 5 cents, Hattie Ly- 
on, 5 cents, Ida Lyon, 5 cents, Milton Lyon, 5 
cents, Nettie Lyon, 5 cents, Emmanuel Lyon, 5 
cents, Alice Grossuickle, 6 cents, Ethel Gwin, 5 
iceuts, Dora Gwin, 3 cents, Laura Gwin, 5 cents, 
Emma Gwiu, 1 cent. 

Thanksgiving Offering. — Boanoke church, 111., 
solicited by Lee Barnhart, El Paso, 111., 86.00. 
Roanoke, 111., Kosy Graybill, 1 cent, Dora Kin- 
dig, 5 cents, Anna McVey, 6 cents, Lotty Keiser, 
10 cents, Oma Brown, 5 cents, Cecil Kindig, 5 
cents, Ira Mobre, 5 cents, Samuel Reiser, 5 cents, 
Martin Keiser, 10 cents, Hammond Jetter, 5 cents, 
Frank Brown, 5 cents, James Kindig, 1 cent, Wil- 
ford Keiser, 10 cents, Charles Collins, 7 cents, 
Emery Gish, 1 cent, Mauclie Kindig, 5 cents, Ira 
Kindig, 5 cents, Lottie Eller, 5 cents, Ira Eller, 5 
cents; Girard, 111., S. B. Miller, 25 cents; Vir- 
den, 111., James Wirt's S. S. class, 35 cents, Pri- 
mary S. S. class, SI. 05; Conway Springs, Kans., 
Johnnie Frantz, 25 cents; Osborne, Kans., Mattie 
E. Landis, 25 cents; Virden, 111., Carrie B. Gibson's 
S. S. class, $1.67, Hannah Wirt's S. S. class, 44 
cents; Lansdale Pa., Ella Moyer, Solicitor, 87.00; 
Virden, III, J. W. Gibson, 34 cents; Pleasant Hill 
S. S„ Virden, 111., $1.55. 

The following amounts were solicited by sister 
Belle Lemon, Juniata, Nebr.; Belle Lemon, 20 
cents, Allie Lemon, 10 cents, Dora Lemon, 10 
cents, Eddie Lemon, 10 cents, Emma Livering- 
house, 10 cents, George Liveringhouse, 10 cents, 
Lena S. Liveringhouse, 10 cents, Sarah McFer- 
ren, 25 cents, May McFerren, 5 cents, Belle Mc- 
Ferren, 5 cents, Winnie McFerren, 5 cents, Fran- 
cis Butt, 5 cents, Lula Hofield, 10 cents, Bosa 
Smith, 5 cents, Lillie Smith, 5 cents, Sherman 
Smith, 5 cents, Charley Smith, 5 cents, David 
Smith, 5 cents, Lottie, Archie, Mamie, and Sadie 
Ashuiore, 25 cents, Elmer Kendig, 10 cents, Elzie 
Kendig, 10 cents, Flora Kendig, 5 cents, Effie 
Kendig, 10 cents, Lucy A. Kendig, 20 cents, Carrie 
Martin, 4 cents, Katie Martin, 3 cents, Ella Mar- 
tin, 3 cents, Arthur Kendig, 2 cents, Milton Ken- 
dig, 2 cents. 

December Report, ..1890, $ 76 00 

JnneReport 1890 34 00 

December Report, . . 1889, 74 49 

JuueReport 1889 29 00 

December Report, ..1888,.., 83 00 

June Report, 1888, 14 74 

December Report, . . 1887, 24 00 

July Report 1887, 23 00 

December Report, . . 1886, 10 00 

October Report 1886, 17 00 

June Report, 1886, 23 00 

Total, $408 23 

Virden, III 

"The only way to do any ono duty rightly, is 
to do every duty rightly in its turn. The compo- 
sition of one's life is like the composition ot a pic- 
ture. Every color, every form, every tone, gains 
or loses value according to the adjustment of ev- 
ery other form and color and tone. The same 
tint may repesent light or shade, according as 
other tints in the picture are lighter or darker, 
warmer or colder. The foreground throws the 
distance back, the distance brings the foreground 
forward. The artist can not do his full duty to 
any part of his picture without doing his full duty 
to the whole picture." 

"Ir you want knowledge you must toil for it; 
if food, you must toil for it; and if pleasure you 
must toil for it. Toil is the law. Pleasure comes 
through toil, and not by self-indulgence and in- 
dolence. When one gets to love work, his life is 
a happy one." 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

' Additions During 1890. — Noting each week 
the number of additions reported in the Messen- 
ger, I find the total So be 3,150 during last year. — 
Ktile Johnson, Somerset, Pa., Jan. 10. 

Commendable. — The Brethren and friends in 
the vicinity of South English, Iowa, collected 
twenty-seven barrels of second-hand clothing, 
which they sent to the sufferers of South Dakota. 
May others do likewise! — Jacob Etter, Jan. 1. 

Glorious Work. — Who would uot want to help 
a kingdom to come? Let us all not only pray for 
it, but work for it. Surely a king from Heaven 
would not overlook or forget one in this world 
who is working for his own kingdom! Good pay 
ahead! — London West. 

Four Accessions. — Bro. Albert Hollinger com- 
menced a series of meetings for the Cumberland 
church, Pa., Jan. 3, at the Latiinore meeting-house. 
He continued until Jan. 11, with fair attendance 
and good order. Four dear souls were brought to 
a knowledge of the Truth.— Georije Winand, Jan. 

At Work for the Lord.— Bro. Lemuel Hillery 
is at present holding a series of meetings in the 
Solomon's Creek church, Ind. After the close of 
the meetings at that place, he will labor for the 
Pleasant Valley church, Ind. His address, until 
further notice, will be, Middleburg, Elkhart Co., 

/'"twentv-two added to the Church.— Bro. A. 
J. Heistand commenced meetings in the Verdi- 
gris church, Kans., Dec. 23, and continued until 
Jan. 6, preaching sixteen sermons in all. Twelve 
dear souls were baptized, five were reclaimed, and 
we have five more applicants.— J. M. Quaken- 

A Pleasant Council.— The Cedar Creek 
church, Anderson Co., Kansas, met in quarterly 
council Jan. 17. Considerable business came be- 
fore the meeting, all of which was adjusted with 
the best of feeling. How good it is when breth- 
ren can meet in council and all is peace!— Lafuu- 
ette IVatkirts, 

Twenty-one Additions.— Bro. Peter StuckmanN 
is holding a series of meetings in the southern 
part of the Cedar Lake church, Dekalb Co., Ind. 
Wo are enjoying a refreshing meeting. Up to the 
present time twenty-one souls have come out on 
the Lord's side. Four came forward last night, 
find others will come, it is hoped, before the close 
of the meetings. May God revive his work in the 
hearts of his children! — J. H. Bison, Jan. 21. 

Mild Climate.— Cartersville, Va., would bo an 
excellent place for some of our Brethren who are 
in delicate health, and who are living where the 
winters are eo long and cold. We are few in num- 
ber, and need laborers here to help us in the great 
work. I have been distributing tracts and the 
Gosfel Messenger, trusting that good may result 
from them. r»hope the Brethren will continue to 
send me tracts for that purpose. — Florida J. E. 
Biter, Jan. IS. 

Four Souls Added.— The members of the Sa- 
lem church, Ohio, commenced a series of meet- 
ings Jan. 10. Bro. B. F. Houeyman, of the Oak- 
land church, is preaching for us. We are havin g 
good attendance, and good attention is given to 
the Word preached. As an immediate result four 
precious souls were received into the church by 
baptism, and more are deeply impressed. Our 
brother will remain with us a few more days, after 
which he will go to other fields. Pray for us, that 
much good may be done in the Lord. — Jesse K, 
Brumbaugh, Jan. ID. 

Minister Elected. — The members of the Iowa 
River church, Iowa, held their quarterly council 
Jan. 10. There was considerable business before 
the meeting, but everything passed off with the 
best of feeling. We received two members by 
letter, and expect several more members to move 
among us in the spring. Bro. F. M. Wheeler was 
elected to the ministry and installed on Sunday 
after the forenoon services. Tears were seen to 
flow from mauy eyes. May the Lord bless him 
in his high and holy calling! Elders Stephen 
Johnson and A. M. Diekey were with us and 
gave us fatherly counsel. — Fetter Hall. 

A Special Request. — Sister Catherine Brum- 
baugh, a widowed sister, living in Arroyo Granda, 
San Luis Obispo Co., Cal., wishes that some of 
the ministering brethren, traveling through that 
part of the State, would call and preach in that 
town. Sister Brumbaugh is the only membor liv- 
ing there, as far as known. They have preaching 
in that country, but not to suit the people, and 
many have become disgusted, and wish to hear the 
good, old-fashioned Gospel preached. If Bro. 
John Metzger, who is in Southreu California, or 
any other minister, would find time to go up north 
and look up this place, he surely would find a 
welcome. — J. H. Miller. 

The Western Sufferers.— A letter from the Ne- 
braska Relief Commission, this morning, and sevr 
eral from County Clerks of the Western Counties 
of the State, show that the homesteaders are still 
much in need. In Dundy County alone over three 
hundred families are in want, and it is estimated 
that 40,000 poimds of provisions of various kinds 
are needed. The merchants there agree to fur- 
nish provisions at cost. We have received over 
$200 from various places in the Brotherhood for 
the poor. As soon as Bro. D. L Miller comes 
with his large donation from Northern Illinois, we 
will visit the destitute. Northern Illinois made a 
good move. Who will follow? As Paul wrote to 
the church nt Philippi: "I desire fruit thot may 
abound to your account." This is the way they 
added to their account. Do not the churches ev, 
ery-where want more to their " account " ? Let us 
trust the Lord!— J. E. Youmj, Beatrice, Nebr., 
Jan. 19. 





Ohio, Mini 

Good Meetixgs.— Dw. '2 
cauie to the Bunker Hill 
preached eleven soul-stirring sermons. Though 
we had no immediate results in (lie way of acces- 
sions, yet we know that saints were encouraged 
and sinners warned to ilee the wrath to come.— 
Sarah Middaugh, Jan. 21. 

Good Meetings. — Since the last writing we 
had more good meetings. Three more were ml. led 
to our little band at Mount Carroll, causing much 
rejoicing. We had good attention and full hous- 
es. Last evening, Jan. 25, we had the best wine 
kept for the last. Sister Beery led the song serv- 
ice, anil Bro. T. T. Meyers did the preaching. 
May the Lord bless them.— J. J. Emmert, Jan. 
20. • 

Twelve Baptized.— We are in the midst of one 
of the most interesting series of meetings we ever 
enjoyed, at Boaun, Iud. Bro. 1). Wysong com- 
menced a series of meetings on tht 


; of Ja 

10, and lias been preaching to crowded houses of 
attentive listeners. Up to this writing twelve 
hove been baptized and two more applied for 
membership at the meeting last night. Pray for 
us that our meetings may prove a blessing to 
God's cause!— J?. Neff> Jan. 23. 

A Pleasant Council.— The brethren and sis- 
ters of the Monitor church, Kaus., met in council 
Jan. 17. Our beloved elder, J. D. Trostle, was 
with us. All business was disposed of satisfacto- 
rily. Our pleasure was marred only by the report 
that one of our sisters desired to walk with us no 
more. Brethren Archy YanDyke and C. T. Heck- 
man were also with us and gave us good admoni- 
tion. They also preached for us nest day. We 
have an evergreen Sunday-school with good inter- 
est and attendance. — S. E. Laniz, Jan. 21. 

Harmonious Council-Meeting.— The Brethren 
at Lordsburgh, Cal., met in council on Saturday, 
Jan. 17. All the business was done iu two hours. 
Two members were chosen to represent this church 
at the District Meeting. A committee of three 
was elected to prepare and report a plan of rais- 
ing money to defray church expenses. Deacons 
were authorized to secure a suitable place in which 
to hold meetings. Ministers from other congre- 
gations were J. F. Neher, D. B. Heiny and A. F. 
Deeter. Love and harmony characterized the 
meeting. — M. M. Eshelman, 

Sunday-School Report. — I hereby give a 
full and correct report of the Sunday-school at 
Oronoco, Amherst Co., Ya., beginning with the 
second Sunday of May and ending with the sec- 
ond Sunday of October. The school was ably su- 
perintended by brethren S. D. Gilbert and AV. 
Taylor. The average attendance was fifty-one. 
The school was divided into four classes, each one 
taught by a teacher worthy of the trust imposed 
upon him. Our neighborhood seems to rejoice 
and thank God for the blessings conferred upon 
all by the school. — C. D. Gilbert. 

Five Baptized. — Dec. 28,1890, the Brethren 
commenced a series of meetings at Strait Creek 
Valley church, one mile south of Sinking Springs, 
Highland Co., Ohio. Brethren Santford Settey 
and W. M. Calvert assisted us until Jan. 3, after 
which brethren Landon West and George AVilkins 
came to our assistance. "We had many blessings 
showered upon us during these meetings. Good 
attendance and attention characterized the meet- 
ing. The church was much built up and the 
members strengthened. Five dear souls were 
buried in baptism, and we have four more appli- 
cants. May they be bright and shining lights, 
that others may be constrained to follow their 
good example! At our council, Jan. 8, all busi- 
ness was transacted iu harmony and love. Bro. 
F. Settey was elected deacon.— Eliza J. Weaver. 

e britf. Notes ol 

To the Churches of the North-Western District of Ohio. 

The different local churches of the North-west- 
ern District of Ohio are hereby notified that there 
will be a special District Meeting held in the 
Sugar Creek church, Alleu County, Ohio, Fob. 5, 
commencing at 10 A. M. The object of said meet- 
ing is for the purpose of devising some plan, 
whereby aid may be sent to the Western sufferers. 

Each local church is expected to bo represented 
at said meeting by one or more delegates. Breth- 
en will be met at Lima, Ohio, on the P. F. W. & 
C. R. R, Feb. 4 and 5. A. J. Baughman, 

District Clerk. 

Notes of Travel. 

By order of the Mission Board of Middle Iowa, 
wo boarded the train for Lost Nation, Iowa, to in- 
quire into the condition of the church at that 
place. Elder Joshua Shultz is the only minister 
here. The outlook is not very encouraging. Em- 
igration has reduced their number from one hun- 
dred to about twenty. AYe met good warm-hearted 
brethren aud sisters, but some of them are quite 
old aud are living very much scattered, conse- 
quently they do not get lo meeting often. We 
learn by examining the record that (hey are likely 
to lose their church. The title is such that if 
they do not use it for worship, they can not hold 
it, and as the Brethren have moved away, it does 
uot seem practicable to hold meetings there. An- 
other detriment is that land is high aud that there 
are no inducements to get cheap homes. Conse- 
quently the tide of emigration will not go in that 

Bro. Schultz has four points for preaching. 
He seems willing to do all he can. Think of it, 
brethren, how often it occurs that, in some places, 
r four are behind the stand at once! 
Their church is one-half mile from town, but 
they can not get a congregation there. We 
preached five sermons while here, once thirteen 
miles out in the country, and four times in town, 
closing with a very good interest. 

Our brethren and sisters here certainly should 
have our sympathy, but the great question is, how 
to meet their wants. We returned home from the 
above place just before the close of the old year. 
On Friday morning, Jan. 2, we boarded the 
train for Grundy Center, Iowa. Here we met 
Eld. S. H. Miller, of South AVaterloo, Iowa 
Their quarterly council occurred Jan. 3. Mucl: 
business came before the meeting, but all was ad- 
justed very pleasantly. The church decided to 
call more laborers into the vineyard. Bro. L. E. 
Miller was chosen to the ministry and Bro. C. 
Messer to the deacon's office. Both were duly in- 
stalled into their respective offices. May the 
Lord bless them and their companions, that they 
may be shiniug lights in his church! The church 
here seems to be in a good working condition. 
May the Lord bless them in the humble efforts 
that are being put forth, that tho cause may pros- 

From here we went to the State Center church, 
where we met Brethren from different parts in a 
business meeting, pertaining to the Brethren's In- 
surance Company. As we are receiving letters 
relative to the above, suffice it to say, in this con- 
nection, that the Brethren have concluded to dis- 
organize the company. 

From here we went to the Iowa Biver church, 

where we met Eld. A. M. Dickey, of State Center. 
Here we held five meetings, during which time 
their quarterly council occurred. The business 
was all disposed of in a very satisfactory manner. 
They also decided to have an election for a minis- 
ter. Tho lot fell on Bro. F. M. AVheeler, who was 
installed into his office. May tho Lord bless both 
him and his companion that they may humbly 
discharge their duties. .The Sunday-school and 
prayer-meeting are kept up here the year round. 
The church seems to be in a fair working order, 
and my prayer is that they may continue to watch 
and pray. 

AVo arrived home Jan. 12, and found all well. 
AVe thank the Lord for his protection. 

Stephen Johnson. 

Garrison, Iowa. 

From Olax, Custer Co., Nebr. 

The Missionary Board of Nebraska sent Eld, 
Geo. W, Stambaugh, of McCool Junction, to hold 
some meetings at this place. AVhile here he 
preached twelve sermons. Eight dear souls were "' 
added to the church by baptism. Six applicants 
who for some reason were not quite ready, will be 
baptized in the future. Two were reclaimed and 
others were near the kingdom. 

At the close of our meetings wo had a love-feast. 
All the newly-baptized members were privileged 
to meet around the table of the Lord. 

AVe next commenced a series of meetings in the 
Baptist church at Lomax. Here we had six meet- 
ings, after which our Baptist friends desired the 
use of the house for their own services. 

We then moved our meetings about six miles 
up tho valley, to a school-house near Olax, where 
we had Sunday-school last summer. The meet- 
ings at this point were well attended, and a good 
interest was manifested. It was the first effort 
ever made in Custer County, and we look for an 
ingathering in the future. This point is thirty- 
five miles from the nearest settlement of our 
Brethren, and fifty miles from the nearest preach- 
er (Eld. S. M. Forney). Brethren that have time 
and means to travel, will please come and help us 
to build up the cause. 

We are not organized here, as yet, this being 
only a mission post. There are some Danes, 
Swedes aud Norwegians here, J, W, Gktpe, 

Jan. 21. 

New Testament Study. 

During tho Bible Term at Mt. Morris, a meet- 
ing composed of miuisters present, was called for 
the purpose of getting things in proper shape for 
our next Biblo Term. 

The meeting was called to order, and duly or- 
ganized by appointing Bro. James B. Gish, chair- 
man and Bro. D. E. Brubaker, Sec'y, The object 
of the meeting was then briefly stated by tho 
Chairman, who emphasized the importance of ar- 
ranging a program of New Testament study for 
our next winter's Bible Term. 

After considerable discussion, exchange of views, 
and suggestions, it was decided by vote to appoint 
a committee of three, to arrange a program on 
New Testament study. 

On motion aud ballot the three following breth- 
ren were chosen as said committee: D. E. Price, 
D. E. Brubaker and Edmund Forney. 

Said committee was authorized to fill any va™ 
cancy that might occur from any cause in the 
committee. On motion it was carried that the com- 
mittee send out a printed program, prior to next 
Bible Term. On motion it was carried that tho 
proceedings of the meeting be published in the. 
Gospel Messenger. James R Gish, 

D. E. Bruraker, Chairman. 



From North Manchester, Ind. 

Bko. Lewis W. Teeter, of Hagerstowu, Ind., 
'commenced a series of meetings in the City of 
North Manchester on the evening of Dec. 26, 1890. 
Deep interest was manifested from the beginning. 
People came night after night, and a deep solem- 
nity pervaded the greater part of the congregation. 
Marked attention was given to the Word preached. 
Prayer after prayer was sent to the Throne of 
• Grace. Sermon after sermon was preached, and in 
a way and manner that none could fail to under- 
stand. Saints were encouraged on their way, 

■ ami sinners were made to realize their condition. 
While all seemed deeply concerned, there was 
nothing iu way of excitement. The preaching was 

; sound Gospel doctrine which could not be gain- 
: said. As a result wanderers camo nocking home 
until we had ten applicants for baptism. The lat 
ter ordinance was administered before the close of 
the meetings,— Jan. 14, 1891. On that day 
' dear sister who had been disowned, applied to he 
reclaimed. Next day, the 15th, one more dear sis- 
ter, who had fallen, asked to be reinstated. The 

■ desire of both sisters was unanimously granted. 

Thus closed our meeting, — a little too soon, as 
- we believe from the interest taken. Thero were 
many good impressions made upon the audience. 
May many be constrained to forsake Satan, and 
join the army of the Lord! To God be the praise 
for the work done! May his grace sustain us all, 
keep us from the evils of the world, and finally 
: givo us a home in heaven. 


Jan. 22. 

In Meraoriam. 

The subject of this brief memoriam, sister Liz- 
: zio Frantz, the daughter of Joseph and Catharine 
Miller, was born near Dayton, Montgomery Co., 
•Ohio, Jan. 8, 1850. 

Jan. 4, 1872, she was united in matrimony to Bro. 
Isaac Frantz, thou of West Charleston, Ohio. 
This union,— a blessed and happy one,— continued 
until terminated by her death.which, after an illness 

■ of several months, occurred at their home, near 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio, at the going down of the sun, 

• Jan. 13, 1891. Her age was 41 years and 5 days. 
Dec. 14, 1873, sister Lizzie gave her heart to 

■ God, to be occupied and overruled by his Spirit, 
. and to his glory and her great joy, was united to 

the church. She knew the peace of soul breathed 
from the great Divine, who constantly freshens, 
deepens, sweetens, renews and fits it for his etern- 

. al spirit, holiness and indwelling. 

Her devotedness, companionable and high moral 

: and social qualities and true Christian energy, kind- 
ness and spirit, won for her the friendship and es- 
teem of all good people, old and young. A truly 
good, noble and generous-hearted Christian woman 
and mother has passed away. Her life was full of 
good works, and she loved to make others happy. 
But now she has gone, and has left earthly home, 
family and friends, to join, by divine appointment, 
the family of angels in that heavenly home, where 
:all the righteous go. " How precious in the sight 
of the Lord, is the death of his saints." One by 
■ one he is gathering them home. 

A kind and devoted husband, one daughter of 
fourteen, whose young and tender heart is with 
'Christ, and two bright little sons remain of the 
now sorrowing and motherless family. She pa- 
tiently and prayerfully yielded her soul to the 
:stroke, and, in the full assurance of a living faith, 
passed calmly and sweetly to the spirit world. 
" The righteous hath hope iu his death," aud their 
hope is ChriBt. How we all loved her, and now, 
that she is gone, how much we shall miss her. 
The immediate cause of death was rheumatism 
■of the heart and brain. 

Funeral services, prior to interment, were held 
both the Brethren's and Christian churches iu 
Pleasant Hill, conducted by ministers, Q. Calvert 
and the writer, in the former, and W. H. Boggs 
and Furnace in the latter, from the words, "And I 
heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write, 
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from 
henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may 
rest from their labours; and their works do follow 
them." Bev. 14: 13. 

The body was laid away in the Hopewell Cem- 
etery where it will await the resurrection of the 
good. S. W. Hoover. 

How we May All Aid the Sufferers. 

In reading Messenger No. 2, I saw thero was 
great suffering out West. The question camo to 
my mind, What can I do? I am making no 
money now; my crop was short and there is noth- 
to sell; but I want to do something, for I 
kuow what hard times are. I will sell a bag of 
oats and send the proceeds, though it will bo but 
little. Can I do more? My wife is a member of 
Park church. Wednesdays the ladies meet in a 
sewing circle and make various articles to send to 
the needy. I will ask my wife to take the Mes- 
senger there aud have it read, so that thoy may 
have an opportunity to give a penny with me. 
My daughter attends the Elmira School of Com- 
merce. I will have her show the paper there also. 
I will ask my neighbors if they want to give a 
penny for the cause, and also call upon our busi- 
ness men. I got the following so far: 

Parle church Sewing Circle SI 80 

School of Commerce, Elmira, N. Y., 1 00 


John T. Lewis, proceeds of his bag of oats, 
Scharnstheimer & Stampp, 26 

Total, less 10 cents for postage, etc $5 11 

The writer is a colored brother, formerly of 
Pipe Creek congregation, Md. I am very glad 
that I have been permitted to do a little, at least, 
for the sufferers. John T. Lewis. 

Elmira, N. Y., Jan. 19. 

An Appeal in Behalf of South-Western Iowa. 

The ministering brethren of the western portion 
of the Southern District of Iowa have more calls 
for 1 preaching than they can fill and do justice to 
themselves and the great theme they promulgate. 
A number of these churches have but one speaker. 
While such a one feels the responsibility oE his call- 
ing, he also feels a peculiar delicacy in urging 
neighbors aud friends to attend meeting (to hear 
him preach ). If he goes away from home, he is ex- 
pected to preach, so to him it is nearly all labor 
and he hears but little preaching. From expe- 
rience, we know how to sympathize with such. My 
dear yoke-fellows,— those who contemplate passing 
through this part of the vineyard,— arrange to 
stop off and encourage these weak churches; and 
your labors will be appreciated by the hearers, 
and blessed by our Father. If you go over the C. 
B. & Q. E. B, write to W. W. Folger, Osceola, 
Clark County, or Isaac Barto, Stanton, Montgom- 
ery County, or David Markley, Mt. Etna, Adams 
County, or if you go over the C. E. I. & P. B. E. 
to M. Herrnon, Adair, Adair Co.; especially do vre 
plead for the Irish Grove church. Bro. Folger is 
alone in the ministry here, and has labored hard 
under a dark, over-hanging cloud, but the silver 
linings and golden edges are appearing, thereby 
showing that there is bright sunlight beyond. 

If you go south from Des Moines on the D. M. 
& K. C. E. E., ot 4: 10 P. M., you will be met at 
Truro, at 6: 10 aud taken to place of meeting by 
writing to Bro. Jacob Keffer, New Virginia, War- 

ren County. It seems easy for strong and wealthy 
churches to get ministerial help but, dear brethren, 
let us bo careful that we are not like the class allud- 
ed to iu the latter clauBe of Isaiah 56: 14 

J. D. Haughtelin. 
Panora, loiea, Jam 22. 

From Markleysburgh, Pa. 

I LEFT my home in Garrett County, Md., Jan. 2, 
for the purpose of holding a series of meetings for 
the Brethren at Sculltou, Pa. Upon arrival at 
the place of meeting, I held meetings each even- 
ing and on Sunday mornings, until the evening of 
Jan. 11. As an immediate result, two young sis- 
ters made the good confession. The interest of 
our meetings increased from beginning to the end, 
and a more kind, generous and attentive people, I 
think would be hard to find. May the Lord bless 
them! On Monday morning, Jan. 12, I turned 
my faco homeward, where I arrived on the even- 
ing of the same day and found all well. 

AVhen we were within about three miles of I 
home, the sad news reached us that Bro. Sylvanus 
Thomas' boy was accidentally shot and instantly 
killed, during a serenade iu the village of Gibbou's 
Glade, Pa., where Bro. Thomas resides. The on. 
tire community sympathizes with brother and sis- 
ter Thomas in their bereavement. May all take 
warning, and stay from places which, to say the 
least, are of no benefit to the Christian. 

Jasper Barnthohse. 

From the Salem Church, Ohio. 

Our meeting closed last night. As stated in a 
former report, Bro. B. F. Honeymon, of Gettys- 
burg, Ohio, did the preaching. He preached nine- 
teen sermons for us. Saints were encouraged, and 
sinners were brought to a realization of their con- 
dition. Some were induced to leave the rauks of 
i, and join in with the people of God. Three 
were baptized into Christ, sinco our last re- 
port. Of the seven souls received into the church 
during the meetings, two are the daughters of the 
writer. Many more, we believe, are " almost per- 

Bro. Honeyman goes from here to the Hickory 
Grove church. May the Lord bless him in his la- 

According to present arrangements, Bro. Henry 
Frantz, of New Carlisle, Ohio, will commence meet- 
ings for us at Georgetown iu our joint house about 
Feb. 5. Jesse K. Brumbaugh. 

Union, Ohio, Jan. 22. 

From Cartersville, Va. 

When iu the midst of life all seems bright before 
us, then are we cut down by the hand of death, and 
we are in the midst of gloom aud dark despair. 
The shepherd of our little fold has been taken 
from us, and wo are left to wander to and fro in 
the great mountains, 'wild and bare. Bro. *J. N. 
Kauffman was called away suddenly Jan. 19. We 
feel at a great loss, for he had set his house in ol- 
der, and the prospect of our .future welfare was 
bright. We shall miss him greatly. Our social 
intercourse was sweet together. Never shall we 
forget him. He now rests from his labors and his 
works do follow him. He was seventy-two years 
old. His remains were taken to his home in Ohio 
for interment. His companion will miss him sore- 
ly. May God be her refuge! They were only 
married a week and one day. May they meet in 
heaven where they shall never part again! 

We trust some minister will sympathize with 

the condition of the little flock here, aud help us to 

labor for the cause of our Blessed Master. Pray 

for us, for we need the prayers of all God's people. 

Florida J. Etter. 


Gone to His Reward. 

With sadness I chronicle the 
death of our highly-esteemed elder, 
John Thomas, of Washington Coun- 
ty, Iowa, who passed from death unto 
life on the evening of Jan. 13. The 
funeral services, were held in the 
home church, near his residence, by 
our aged brother, Jacob Brower, of 
South English, Iowa, who addressed 
a large audience from P^Thess. 4: 14. 
Bro. Snowberger, of Colorado, also 
made a few remarks, after which the 
remains were laid to rest in the 
Brethren's cemetery, near South 
English. His age was sixty-four 
years, eleven months and thirteen 

In the death of our brother we 
have lost n noble and useful man, 
who will not only be missed by his 
relatives, but by the church and the 
entire community. As a minister he 
labored very earnestly, never shrink- 
ing from duty, but ever being about 
the Master's business. Even when 
his health failed, he labored zealous- 
ly. He was one of those large- 
hearted, whole-souled Christians, 
largely possessed of that wonderful 
love, of which the Apostle John 
speaks in his writings. In the Sun- 
day-school Bro. Thomas was a most 
noble and excellent worker, believing 
it to be one of the best means of 
bringing up children in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord. 

The Sunday-school was near and 
dear to him. On several occasions, 
when I stopped in to see him as I 
went to Sunday-schoo], he exclaimed, 
" Oh how I wish I could go with 
you!" Last, summer it was my 
pleasure to work with him in the 
Sunday-school, when I learned to 
love and respect him, who is now 
taken from our midst. We miss him, 
but the Lord's ways are not our ways. 
Isa. 55: 8. S. Coerell. 

"The grand and, indeed, the only 
character of the truth, is*its capability 
of enduring the test of universal ex- 
perience, and coming unchanged out 
of every possible form of fair discus- 

"All our murmurings are so many 
arrows shot at God Himself, and they 
will return upon our hearts; they 
reach not Him but they will hit 
us; they hurt not Him, but they will 
wound us; therefore it is better to be 
mute than to murmur; it is danger- 
ous to provoke a consuming fire." 

Literary Notes. 

Rev. George D. Ilerron's remarkable paper 
on -The Menage oljcsusto Men of Wealth," 
which recc-nlly appeared in The Christian 
Union, is bringing the author laudatory letters 
from all parts of the country. East, West, 
North and South (from preachers, business 
men, college professors and others), and re- 
questing it* publication in a form suitable for 
distribution. Mr. Iferron has revised the ad- 
dress and it will be issued at once in form 
somewhat similar to Prof. Druminond's 
popular booklets by the Fleming H. Reveli 
Company, New York and Chicago. 


McLEAN— Ml LLER.— At the residence of 
the bride's father, Eld. B. F. Miller, of 
Alpena, South Dakota, Jan. 15, 1891, by 
Eld. D. S. Guinter, Mr. Grant McLean, of 
Manning, Iowa, and Miss Sadie Miller of 
Alpena, South Dakota. 

WEDDLE— RAMER. — At St. Martins, 
Morgan Co., Mo., Dec. 23, 1890, by B^o. L. 
Mohler, Bro. Henry A. Weddle, of Johnson 
Co., Mo., and sister Mahala Ramcr, of 
Morgan Co , Mo. L. C. Slusiier. 

KING— MANON.- At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Bro. John and sister Rachel 
Manon, in the Abilene congregation, Jan. S, 
1S91, by the undersigned, Mr. Sherman G. 
King and sister Cora I. Manon, both of 
Gypsum City, Saline County, Kansas. 

J. E. Keller. 

SHERVALN— ARNET.— At the residence 
of the bride's parents, Jan. 1, 1S91, by the 
undersigned, Mr. John M. Shervalm and 
sister Harriet Arnet. J. S. Miller. 

KAUFFMAN— WOOD.— At the residence 
of the bride's parents, Bremo Bluff, Va., Jan. 
11, 1891, Bro. Jos. N. Kauffman, of New 
Carlisle, O., and sister Julia A. Wood. 

I. N. II. Beahm. 

BOWSER— GARDNER.— By Bro. Conrad 
Fitz, at the Astoria meeting-house, Jan. 11, 
iSyi, Bro. George Bowser, of Fulton Coun-_ 
ty, III., and sister Alice Gardner, of Schuy- 
ler Co., 111. Anna M. Burgard. 

Lisle, 111., Jan. 15, 1S91, by Bro. S. E. Yundt, 
Bro. Aaron Sollenberger and Leana Deusch- 

LIMBACMER— EILER.— At the residence 
of Bro. Michael Momer's, near Baltic, 
Ohio, Oct. 12, 1S90, by the undersigned, 
Mr. Jacob Limbacher, of Coshocton Coun- 
ty, Ohio, and Miss Elizabeth Eiler, of 
Holmes County, Ohio. 

BARR— HOCHSTETLER.— By the under- 
signed at bis residence, near Baltic, Ohio, 
Dec. 25, 1S90, Mr. James A. Barr and Miss 
Mary E. Hochstetler, both of Tuscarawas 
County, Ohio. M. H. Shutt. 

KARNS— HARTLEY. — By the under- 
signed at his residence, West Milton, Ohio, 
Jan. 15, 1S91, Mr. William H. Karns and 
sister Sadie Hartley. 

D. C. Hexdrickson. 

MILLER— STAUFFER.— At the residence 
of the undersigned, Jan. 6, 1891, Mr. Frank 
L. Miller, of Mansfield, III., and Miss Ella 
M. Stauffer, of Mahomet, III. 

C. Barnhart. 



in the Lord." 

DRIVER.— In the Sugar Creek church, 
Allen Co., Ohio, Jan. 9, 1891, of apoplexy, 
sister Mary Ann, wife of Bro. Daniel 
Driver, aged 57 years and 10 months. 
She leaves a kind husband, two sons and 
four daughters to mourn their loss. She be- 
came sick during the night and died next day 
at 2 o'clock. Funeral services by Bro. Abra- 
ham Detrick, assisted by Bro. David Bycrly. 

Geo. W.Miller. ' 
KEIM.— In Elkhart County, Ind., Jan. 3, 
Bro. Tobias Keim, aged 68 years, 2 months 
and 7 days. 

Deceased was born in Somerset County, 
Pa. At the age of six years he moved with 
his parents to Holmes County, Ohio, where 
he married Anna Domer, Sept. 7, 1843. He, 
with his wife united with the German Baptist 
church in 1S46, in which he lived a consistent 
memberuntil death. He moved from Holmes 
County, Ohio, to Elkhart County, Ind., in 
1846. Deceased was the father of twelve 
children, — five sons and seven daughters. 
Two daughters have preceded him to the 

cnnducled by th< 
ro. Daniel Shively, 
je and sympathetic 
W. R. i)EETE 

SMARTZER— In the Lick Creek church, 

Ohio, Jan. 5, 1S91, Bro. Philip Sharlzer, 

aged S6 yca^s, 5 months and 20 days. 

The subject of the above notice was born 

in Lancaster County, Pa., July 14, 1S04. He 

was united in marriage to Polly Kingerie, 

June.', 1S25. lie moved to Wayne County, 

Ohio, in iS2 9 , where he resided until April 1, 

1S53, when he moved to Williams County, 

Ohio, where he resided until death. He was 

the father of fifteen children, six sons and 

nine daughters, ten of whom are living and, 

with their aged mother, mourn their loss. 

Deceased united with the Brethren church 
about twenty-eight years ago. He was bap- 
tized by Bro. Geo. Stockman, The deceased 
has fifty-one grandchildren, fifty-three great- 
grandchildren, and one great-great-grand- 
child living. 

Funeral services by Bro. C. Kiabill from 2 
Cor. 5: 10. assisted by Bro. Geo. Sellers. 

M. J. Bosserman. 

BOCK.— In the Howard church, Howard 
Co., Ind., Jan. 13, 1891, of consumption, 
Catharine, daughter of E _ ld. Daniel and 
sister Susanna Bock, aged 27 years and 5 

This is the first loss in a family of seven 
children,— all grown up. Funeral services by- 
Eld. Jacob Cripe and Bro. J. S. Brubaker 
from 1 Sam 20: 3. Geo. Brubaker. 

ERBAUGIL— In the Pipe Creek congrega- 
tion, Miami Co, Ind, Jan. S, 1S91, Bro. 
John Erbaugh, aged 63 years, 1 month and 
14 days. 
The deceased was born in Rockingham 


.iii-, hi 

parents to Montgomery County, Ohio 
1834, and remained there until the spring of 
1857, when he came to Miami County, Ind. 
Sept. 10, 1S4S, he was united in marriage to 
Sarah Ann Roderick, who departed this life 
May 17, 1S89. Four sons and one daughter 
survive, to mourn their loss. He was a zeal- 
ous worker in the church and Sunday-school. 
The latter he also ably superintended for 
several years. He was a member of the 
church for about thirty-nine years, and died 
in the triumphs of a living faith. We t 
he has entered into that rest which rem 
for all God's people Funeral services f 
2 Tim. 4: G-S, by Bro. A. Rinehart, assisted 
by the Brethren, to a very large and sympa- 
thizing audience. W. B. Dailey. 

CRIPE — At Osceola, Mo., Nov. 20, 1S90, of 
pneumonia, sister Catharine Cripe, wife of 
Christian Cripe (deceased), aged 64 years, 4 
months and 1 day. 
She united with ihe church at about 
twenty years of age, and lived a faithful 
Christian life, until God called her to a home 
in heaven. She lived five years after her lov- 
ing companion was called home. She leaves 
five dear children to mourn their loss, but their 
loss is her eternal gain. She suffered very 
much.while sick. Previous to her departure 
she called for the elders of the church and was 
anointed, and so fulfilled the last command of 
the Master. After that she seemed to be at 
perfect ease and passed over the river of 
death without a struggle. Funeral services 
by brethren J. L. Jordan and J. A. Yost. 

T. J. Simmons. 

SNYDER— In the Woodbury church, Pa., 
Dec. 31, 1S90, sister Elizabeth L. Snyder, 
wife of Bro. Simon Snyder, aged 63 years, 
10 months and 5 days. 
As the old year gave place to the new, 
her life closed here, to begin in heaven. 
Through her life she had learned well how to 
bear aflliction, showing by her patience and 
trust that she could suffer and be strong. 
Her patience and resignation shone conspicu- 
ously in all her words and in her whole de- 
portment. She was convinced of her frailty, 
but knew in whom *he bad believed, and was 


membered t 

v, like 

pi D. 

•urn her departure. 
But while the church and the community 
miss her, she will be missed most sadly in the 
home. Upon Bro. Snyder and the family 
falls the heavy burden of sorrow. Four 
daughters mourn their loss. Three sons, living 
in different parts of the Far West, could not 
be present at the funeral, and when they re- 
turn to the old home, they will miss most of 
all their mother. God can raise up some one 
to fill her place in the church, but who can' 
fill a mother's place in the home? 

Funeral services by Bro. James A. Sell' 
from Num. 23: 10 in presence of a large con-- 
course of people. J. K. Brown. 

K1LLINGER.— Within the bounds of the' 

West Ninishi Hen church, Stark Co., Ohio,. 

Jan. 5, 1S91, Jacob Killinger, aged 7S years, . 

3 months and 13 days. 

Deceased was born in Franklin Co., Pa.,. 
Sept. 22, 1812. He was married to Rebecca. 
Brauchei- May 15, 1S36, who departed this - 
life in March, 1870. This union was blessed 1 
with eight children, four of whom preceded t 
him to the spirit world. One son and three - 
daughters remain to mourn the loss of a dear 
father. He was a citizen of Jackson township, . 
Stark Co., Ohio, for over fifty-seven years. - 
The large congregation which convened on 1 
the occasion of his funeral, attested the high 1 
esteem in which he was held as a neighbor, . 
friend and church member. Philpp. 1: 21 
was the text used at the funeral services, . 
which were conducted by the writer, assisted 1 
by Eld. Noah Longanecker. E. Loo.Mis. 

WIIERLEY. — Near Philipsburgh, in the • 
Sugar Creek congregation, Tuscarawas Co., . 
Ohio, Dec. 11, 1S90, Bro. Henry Wherley, . 
aged 62 years, 1 month and 21 days. 

He was the father of eleven children, of " 


sby ■ 

KERCH.— In the same place, at the resi- 
dence of Bro. Charles Kelsey, Jan. 9, 1891, ., 
two little twin boys of friend Nicholas 
Kerch and wife, aged fourteen and fifteen .< 
Funeral services by the writer at the house. - 

These two little ones were laid side by side in ^ 

one coffin. M. H. Siiutt. 

YOUNGER. — In the Panther church, , 
Woodford, Co., 111., Jan. 3, 1S91, sister 
Sarah Younger, aged 52 years, 10 months ■ 
and 9 days. Ti-ios. Keiser. 

EARLY.— In Biidgewater, Va., Jan. ir,„ 
1891, of heart disease, sister Hester Early, . 
ayed (>(> years, ^ months and 2S days. 

Sister Early became seriously ill on New 
sar's Day. She called for the elders and '• 
is anointed, after width she improved so far - 
that she was enabled to go about in the house. . 
Last Sunday she seemed quite cheerful and 1 
ate her supper with a relish. While other 
members of the family were arranging to go • 

where she died without a word or struggle, — 
in a few minutes. Her husband,— Bro. Jos. 
Early, — preceded her to the spirit world 

lty -six years ago, thereby leaving all the ■ 
burdens of rearing the family on his surviving 
companion. ■ She had the great satisfaction of 
seeing all but one of her children enter the 
church. The children have lost an excellent 
mother, the church a model sister, and our 
town a most worthy citizen, but we sorrow 
not as others who have no hope. Funeral ! 
services from Psalms 116: 15. 

HESS.— At the home other son, S. J. Hess, . 
in Duck Creek Township, Wilson Co., . 
Kansas, Jan. 13, 1S91, sister Catharine ■ 
Hess, relict of the lute J. F. Hess, aged 60 > 
years and 13 days. 

Funeral services at the Brethren church, 
in Fredonia, by Eld, G. W. Studebaker, as- 
sisted by J. R. France, from Heb. 3: 9, 10. 
Elizabeth Studebaker, 

Feb. 3, 1891. 


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The G-ospel Messenger. 

Table of Contents. 

The Verdict of Dentil. By Elizabeth Charles, in Sun- 
day-school Times, 


Covetousness which is Idolatry. By David E. Cripe,. 

The Law and Reign of Jesus Christ. By Landon 

Subsoiling. By C. II. Balsbaugh, 

The Second Coming of Christ. By A. Hutchison,. . . 

What of the Future? By Jacob Rife, 

Musings on Storms and Sunshine. By Mary M. Cox, 
itorinl, — 

Items Si 

Success,— What is It ? 

Editorial Wanderings, 

Evidences of Christianity 

Special Notice ." 

issionary and Tract Work,— 

Missionary Outlook. By Galen B. Rover 

We, to-day, received the sad intelligence of the 
death of Bro. N. S. Beplogle. He was a graduate 
of the Normal, a young man of promise, with 
blight prospects before him — but so soon the Mas- 
ter says, " Enough," and he is called over to the 
other shore to meet and be reunited with a young 
wife gone before. We deeply sympathize with 
e who mourn, and pray God that this dispen- 
sation of Providence may be accepted, as it was 
sent,— in love. "He doeth all things well." 

Ir you wish to make the acquaintance of a great 
man, read the life of St. Paul. By the time we 
get through with it, we will feel acquainted with, 
at least, one that is not great. 

If any of our readers have full sets of the 
Christian Family Companion for the years 1874 
and 1875, that they are willing to sell, and will 
inform us of the price, wo will be obliged. 

The Brethren of the Newry, Pa., church are 
holding a series of meetings in the McKee's church 
house, near the home of Eld. Jas. A. Sell. Eld. 
John S. Holsinger is doing the preaching. 

Brio. J. B. Fluke preached a series of sermons 
for the Woodbury, Pa., Brethren, which, we 
were told, were sound and logical. Certainly they 
would be so. Bro. John could not preach other- 

Dtjking our Bible Session we had evening talks 
on the following subjects: " The Bible and How to 
Study It," "The Introduction of Christianity," 
" Great Men and their Uses," " God's Means of 
Saving Souls," and " The Importance of Christian 
Baptism." ^ , 

Few of our brethren, who have not fried it, are 
aware of the advantages of a systematic and con- 
secutive study of the Bible. It is in this way we 
get the connection, the relation and the complete- 
ness of the Divine Becord. The Bible contains a 
chain of precious truths that can not be grasped 
by taking hold of links at random. It is by going 
from link to link that we see the beauty and 
strength of the whole chain. 


This is a world of successes and failures. 
Some succeed while others fail. An investigation 
as to the causes of these different results in tl 
lives of men, would make an interesting thenn 
Accepting as truth the old and well-founded con- 
clusion that for every effect thero is a cause, we 
must conclude that there are causes in all cases 
Now, if we can determine these causes and so di- 
rect them, that the results would be what they 
ought to be, to give the highest good to all 
great end will be accomplished. How desirable 
this would be, especially to those who are made to 
say sometimes, "All these things are against me." 
May we noi suggest a fCT though* RS to how 
we may make our work more successful? There 
are things within our own possibilities, as given 
to us by our Heavenly Father, that tend to sac- 
cess and it should be our concern, not only to 
know these things, but also how we may do them 
to our good. 

It is important for us to know what success 
means. ."Unless we know this, it is impossible for 
us to attain unto it. Anything that can not com- 
mand God's blessing upon it, can never bo a suc- 
cess to us, no matter how fully it may meet our 
present wishes and desires. That which satisfies 
the soul when our work is done, when the race is 
finished, when life is ended, is the ultima of all 
good. It is the thing, above all others, that we 
want, — that we need and must have if our life 
work is to be a success. 

Having determined what this thing is, the next 
thing to do is to bend all of our energies in 
that direction, and leave no effort unmade until 
we are sure that the end will be the fulfillment of 
our desires. 

Men who make the different callings in 1: 
success, do it by making the necessary preparation 
to accomplish the end. It becomes to them the 
central thought of their life. They become 
full of it, that it becomes a part of them. They 
think it, talk it, and live it, so that every effort 
that they make, adds power to their purpose, and 
every step one_ nearer the end for which they are 
laboring. Like a gun loaded,— they are charged 
so that when the occasion comes they go off with 
power and effectiveness. 

This charging is the great secret of effective 
shooting. An empty gun will not shoot or kill. 
Neither will an empty man do good work. We, 

as ministers, are often made to feel this. We are 
hopelessly empty at the very time we should be 
ugly full, and, as a result, we can do nothing 
than make a uoise, and then we are some- 
times foolish enough to wouder why our preach- 
not a success. There is no wouder about it, 
can not come out of emptiness. Wo 
can not give to others uuless we first get ourselves. 
Our speaking should be the overflow of our full- 
ness, and this can only be when we are full, with 
a pressing reserve back of it. When a man's 
heart is full and bursting with sorrow, we know it 
by the overflow. It is no task— no labor for him 
to tell of his sorrows — it is a relief, a solace, a nat- 
ural overflow of the fullness within. So should 
we be filled with one great purpose in life. We 
should be so full of it that the overflow would be 

Is this our experience? We have the overflow; 
we all have this to a greater or less extent, but 
what is it? It is the 6ame as that with which our 
hearts are filled. Hence the importance of the 
filling. What the heart thinketh, the mouth 
speaketh. The disciples and early converts to 
Christianity were striking illustrations of men 
charged and tilled with the religion of Jesus. 

When Peter and John were commanded not to 
speak at all, nor teach in the name of Jesus, the 
answer was: "AVe can not but speak the things 
which we have seen and heard." They had be- 
come so full of it that it had become their life, 
their language. They were so charged with it 
that when they opened their mouths to speak, 
they could not give expression to anything but 
Christ and him crucified. So it was with their 
converts. Wherever they went, it meant to preach 
Christ. Their souls were so filled with that 
which they desired, that it became their language, 
and herein God made the wrath of meu to praise 

The opposers of Christianity never made a 
greater mistake than when they dispersed these 
men by persecution. It was like casting fire- 
brands up in the wind to scatter and fall in fields 
of stubble. They were so filled with the fire of 
God's love that wherever they went they started a 
blaze. Thus was the religion of salvation carried 
to the ends of the earth. This is what God's min- 
istry needs to-day,— men so filled with the love of 
Jesus, that, wherever they go, a blaze will be start- 
ed. We must have our weapons of warfare 
charged with the ammunition of salvation, so that 
every discharge will be an effective shot against sin 
and for Christ. 

How is it, dear soldier of Jesus? Are you 
charged with this fullness? Examine your words, 
your thoughts, and your actions. What is your 
life doing for the salvation of souls? On your 
knees, before God, osk yourself- these questions, 
and you will then learn with what your heart and 
soul is filled and whether or not in the end suc- 
cess will be thy crown. 




On speechless lip and brow? 
It clothes Iheir every gift ami grace 
With radiance from the holiest place, 
With light as from an angel V face; 
Recalling with resistless force, 
And tracing to their hidden source 
Deeds scarcely noticed in their coursi 
This little loving fond device, 
That dnilj act of sacrifice. 
Of winch too late we learn the price. 
Opening our weeping eyes to trace 
Simple, unnoticed kindnesses, 
Forgotten notes of tenderness, 



to us must be 

Sacred ; 

5 hvn,ns 

n infancy, 

Learned listening 

at a mother 


Thus do 

s Death 

sneak of out 




it hi- laid them low- 

Then le 

Love an 

tedate the \v 

)rk of De 


And do this 


How docs Death speak of our beloved 

When it has laid them low; 
When it has set its hallowing touch 

On speechless lip and brow? 
It sweeps their faults with heavy hand, 
As sweeps the sea the trampled sand, 
Till scarce the faintest print is scanned. 
It shows how such a vexing deed 
Was but the generous nature's weed, 
Or some choice virtue run to seed ; 
Mow that small fretting fretiulness 
Was but love's over-anxiousness, 
Which had not been, had love been less. 
This failing, at which we repined, 
But the dim shade of day declined, 
Which should have made us doubly kind. 
Thus does Death speak of our beloved 

When it has laid them low; 
Then let Love antedate the work of Death, 
And do this now! 

How does Death >peak of our beloved 

When it has laid them low; 
When it has ^et its hallowing touch 

On speechless lip and brow? 
Il takes each failing on our part. 
And brands it in upon the heart 
With caustic power and cruel art. 
The small neglect that may have pained, 
A giant stature wilt have gained 
When it can never be explained; 

The little servit 
How tenderly • 
And those mul 

: which had proved 
e watched and loved, 
lip. to «-]ad smile-, m'. 

The little gifts from out our store, 

Which might have cheered some cheerless houi 

When they with earlh's poor needs were poor, 

But never will be needed more! 

It shows our faults like fires at night; 

It sweeps their failings out of sight; 

It clothes their good in heavenly light. 

O Christ, our life, foredatc the work of Death, 

And do this now! 
Thou who art love, thus hallow our beloved! 

Not Death, but thou! 

—Elizabeth Charles, in S. S. Time 


Covetousness is an intense desire to 
that which belongs to another, which can not 
obtained in a lawful way. Back of this desire 

possess, deep down in the heart, is an inordinate 
loveof the perishable tilings of earth, which are 
not to be loved, and it is this love that constitutes 
the idolatry of covetousness. 

Thus covetousness resolves itself into an avari- 
cious love of riches, of money, a love of money 
for its own sake, — not valuing it only as a means 
for accomplishing good. Closely connected with 
this love of money is the delight which some peo- 
ple take in accumulating and hoarding it, for no 
better purpose than to keep it away from those 
who need it more. 

"Whatever occupies the chief position in the 
heart's affections, is the idol of that heart, and 
that is what it worships. Man must worship 
something, and can worship but one thing at a 
time. If he does not worship God, he is an idol- 
ater. Man becomes like that which he worships. 
This is a law in nature, ordained by God himself, 
and is as inevitable as the law of growth and de- 
velopment. It could not be otherwise. "When 
the mind continually ponders a subject or an idea, 
it becomes so saturated with that which it contem- 
plates, that it can hardly remember its original 

Those who worship God become God-like. 
Enoch walked with God until he became so like 
him he worshiped that he was holy enough to be 
taken to heaven. The prophets and martyrs of old 
became so God-like that the world was not worthy 
of them. Those who worshiped the child-devour- 
Moloch, though but a heathen idol, became so 
like him that they were willing to have their own 
children destroyed. Those whose god is the un- 
teous mammon, — the modern phase of wor- 
shiping the golden calf,— become cold, soulless and 

The religion of Jesus Christ sets aside every- 
thing pertaining to the nature of idolatry, includ- 
covetousness. Those who were converted un- 
der the early preaching of the apostles, sold all 
r possessions and laid the money they received 
therefrom at the apostles' feet, and it was divid- 
ed for the benefit of all. This principle of sacri- 
fice still remains in the nature of a complete con- 
version, though it is applied in a different manner. 
We have not now apostles at whose feet we can 
lay our earthly goods, neither do we think it best 
that we should do so. That would be shirking 
our responsibility, for, after we had given all we 
had, we would expect to be supported. Now, 
when a man is thoroughly converted, he lays all 
that he is, and all that he has, at his Master's feet, 
and consecrates everything to his Master's service. 
Any conversion short of this complete surrender- 
ing of everything, is not a real Gospel conversion. 

The Lord accepts what a man gives him, but 
does not take it away; he leaves it in the man's 
possession, entrusting it to him as to a steward. 
In this way we become stewards to the Lord. It 
now becomes the man's duty to use to the best ad- 
vantage all his talent, all his strength, all his 
means to accumulate something for his Master. 
Out of the proceeds of this labor and property he 
is first to provide for his own family, supplying 
every real want. The balance shall go to allevi- 
ate the wants and woes of the poor, and to carry 
on the work in the Lord's house. This leaves 
him nothing to purchase unnecessary luxuries for 
wearing, eating, or drinking, or for satisfying a 
depraved appetite. If he squanders money un- 
necessarily, he becomes, to that extent, an unjust 
steward. If he cheats or defrauds any one, so as 
to make more money for the Lord, he will find that 
such ill-gotten gains are no more acceptable than 
were the Amalekite sheep and oxen which King 
Saul had saved, contrary to his instructions, and 
brought home to sacrifice unto his God. 1 Sam. 
be 1 15. This disobedience cost Saul his kingdom, and 
to he who will defraud his fellow-men, even if it be 

to give to the Lord, may find himself debarred 
from a better kingdom than the one ,over which 
Saul reigned. 

The Lord is not a harsh Master; his yoke is 
easy and his burden is light. If a man believes 
that he can best provide for his family and bring 
up his children in the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord by obtaining a home for himself, we be- 
lieve it is right and well pleasing in the sight of 
God that he should use his means and his labor to 
purchase such a home. Good, simple Christian 
homes are among the best safeguards we can 
throw around the virtue and morality of the 
young. In such circumstances it will be necessa- 
ry that all the cost of living should be reduced to 
the simple necessities, so that something may still 
be left to give to the Lord's work. 

It is when a man tears down his barn to build 
greater, in order to have room to store away, — 
hoard, — that which God's blessing permits him 
to gather, that the Lord's patience is exhausted, 
and he will say, "This man can be steward no 
longer, and his soul shall be required of him." 

If the gospel doctrine of conversion were more 
fully and clearly taught as meaning a" complete 
change, a thorough sacrifice of every selfish inter- 
est and feeling, an entire surrendering to the Lord 
of soxil and body, mind and strength, house and 
lands, — in short such a conversion as the apostles 
preached, which brought converts with all that 
they had. to their feet by thousands, then the prim- 
itive strength and vigor of the church might be re- 
stored. There would then be no difficulty in rais- 
ing all the funds needed to care for the poor and 
preaching the Gospel far and wide. If all would 
live up to this, none would be accused of covet- 
ousness. There would then be no necessity for 
adopting the business methods of the sinful world 
for wrenching the paltry mite from unwilling giv- 

AJcrov, Ind. 



"War, in all its phases, has not, in any case 
brought peace to the nations. Peace may have 
succeeded war, and beeu enjoyed by those who 
wen- I'tig.igL'd in bloodshed, — not as a result of 
war, but because men grew tired of waste and 
bloodshed, and could support the costly remedy no 
longer, and, to stop ruin and loss of both life and 
property, peace was made, to save treasure and to 
get rest. 

Fighting in riots, or as individuals does not 
makepeace; it never has, and never will. Peace 
may follow 7 the light or riot, but it is because one 
party is overcome, or feels that he cannot prevail; 
and, to save himself or what he has, he submits to 
rjeace, because compelled to it by force of circum- 

Going to law to maintain our rights, has brought 
peace in no case, but the contests have ceased be- 
cause money failed, or the cause and claim were 
too weak, to give hope for success. 

Quarrelling has not brought peace on any topic 
or in any place, but may have ceased, and been fol- 
lowed with peace, because neither party could be 
convinced, or because one or both became 
ashamed of themselves and their folly. 

All bitterness, hatred, strife, contention and op- 
pression has in no case brought peace or good feel- 
ing, and never will, because these can satisfy nei- 
ther party, and to bring peace and good feeling all 
parties must be satisfied. 

Peace shows good feeling, and this should satis- 
fy all men. But how different from war and con- 
tention is the effect of the law and teachings of 
Jesus Christ! His law, which enjoins upon men 

Feb. 10, 1891. 


to be servants ono of another, has brought pence assimilate. It is not only receiving from without, 
in every case. It gives peace to the individual, to | but unfolding from within. Christ for us is law 
the family, to the neighborhood, to the church, to 

the states, the nations, and the world, and, beyond 
all these, makes peace between earth and Heaven, 
— the creature and his Creator. It brings peace 
not for time alone, but for both time and eternity. 
No wonder that angels did sing for the first time, 
"Peace on Earth," in their new and glorious song 
to the shepherds of Bethlehem, because of the 
birth of Jesus, for it was the dawning of a new 

era, the giving of a 
New Kingdom, win 
shed, with all tliei 
■wishes of all shoah 
another, and by sei 
This one comma 


aid, if fully 

law, and the coming of i 
istead of strife and blood- 
rrid effects, the aims and 
v be gained by love for one 
■ each other. 

ent, to be servants one of 
led out, br: 



4- peace 

on earth and good will to all men. Gal. 5: 13, 1-1. 
"When this law shall prevail on the earth, then 
shall all wrath, malice, auger, bitterness and strife 
be done away with, and then shall peace flow as a 
river. Eph. 4: 31; Isa. 48: 18. 

The coming of that kingdom for which all the fol- 
lowers of Jesus Christ are taught to watch, work 
and pray, is to bring peace on the earth as it now 
reigns in heaven. Surely there is no petition to 
our Heavenly Father, upon which all the follow- 
ers of Jesus Christ can more readily agree than 
upon this one,— the first and greatest in the 
Lord's Prayer and the greatest for his people. 
Our world will be the place for this kingdom to 
come; our race will be the people to inhabit it 
the word of Jesus Christ will be its law and all 
we now lack of the Kingdom, is the coinin 

earth's King and the enforcement of his la 
this we can all labor and pray, and his CO 


BY 0. II. BALSB.U'Gll. 

Elder J. H. Moobe, 

Keuka, Florida, 
Dear Servant if Jesus Christ:— 

" Let us love one another, for love is of 
God!" Yea, "God is Love, and he that dwelleth 
in Love, dwelleth in God, and God in him." 
This is a sigu which all the world understands. 
John 13: 35^ And the opposite is no less easily 
interpreted, iu heaven, on earth and in hell. The 
Name which is above every name, flaming on our 
foreheads, is misread by none. The very "devils 
believe and tremble." The scoffing, persecuting 
world can not withhold its verdict: "Behold how 
ho loved him!" John 11: 3G. And the insight of 
love is always superior to reason. Mark 11: 8. 
The " herein " of 1 John 4: 17, is not only wonder- 
ful, but it is natural. 

The very first principle of Godlikeness is self- 
forgetful and spontaneous self-sacrifice for the 
good of others, even unto death. This makes the 
heroes, the missionaries, and the martyrs. This 
gives songs at midnight, in the inner dungeon, 
with the feet fast in the stocks. " Every one that 
loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 
John 4: 7. 

Iu one of the most solemn parables of Christ or 
record, occur these words: They had so deep- 
ness of 'earth; because they had no boot, ihey 
withered away. Matt. 13: 5, 0. If love and 
righteousness are not synonyms, they are, in the 
divine nature and government, never separated. 
Grace must reign through righteousness unto 
Eternal Life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 
5: 21. As Qod forgives us, so we are to forgive, 
one another. Eph. 4: 32. To learn of Christ, 
is to learn Christ. We not only copy, but we 

tile iu-ness oii'ereil. Christ in us is 
the "hope of glory." Without, 
this iubeing the deepest is shallow; with "Christ 
our life," the most shallow has "deepness " of soil, 
and is "rooted and grounded" in the abysm of 
very Godhead. Eph. 3: 17, IS, 11). 

A genuine repentance invariably involves the 
acceptance and expression of the divine love ami 
righteousness. The original word for repentance 
stops not short of absolute identification with the 
" Mind of Christ " iu its inflexible and eternal ad- 
ghleousuess. This is the necessary 
starting point of the life everlasting, the embryo 
of all that grace and faith develop through time 
and eternity. Repentance has nothing of (lie bur- 
den and sorrow of sin iu it, bat is that radical 
spiritual Passover which seals us with the Blood 
of the Lamb, and sets the Pillar of Fire between 
Israel aud Egypt. There is a faith that leads to 
this, and a faith that is its essential concomitant. 
The faith that introduces or precedes repentance 
can never, at that stage, briug peace or save the 
soul. It is a psychological impossibility to appro- 
priate the results of the atonement by faith prior 
to that radical, absolute severance from sin and 
commitment to God siguifled by the word Metan- 
oia. " The faith which was once delivered unto 
the saints," means not primarily the things which 
it expresses, but the- spiritual apprehension of the 
Divine Object whence proceeds Life and all its 
possibilities and manifestations. 
Repentance and sin can not co-exist; neither 
u faith aud doubt and unrest. Godly sorrow is 
it necessarily repentance, but naturally leads to 
that profound reversion aud facing-about which 
was meant by the searching, soul-sifting pioneer 
term of Christ's ministry— Metauoia. Sorrow for 
sin is an essential antecedent of repentance; but 
repentance itself is an altogether joyful, God-nnd- 
soul-weddiug experience. 

In Christ's vicarious functions we discover for 
the first time "The exceeding sinfulness of sin," 
no less than the incomprehensible love and super- 
abounding grace of God. Pre-christiau blood- 
shedding could only dimly adumbrate these tr 
mendons realities. It is only when we see and 
accept by faith as our own, all that Christ has en- 
dured and achieved as our Substitute, and oilers 
as our risen and enthroned Mediator and King, 
that Metanoia is consummated. 

The elements of human uature are not given at 
the time of our introduction into the family, but 
in our genesis. The incoming of life carries with 
it all the essential constituents of being. Israel 
was redeemed and sheltered by the Passover 
Blood before they crossed the Red Sea. Between 
Pi-hahiroth and the Song of Moses we have the 
grand, symbolical representation of what was in- 
augurated in the land of bondage. "We carry 
nothing through the Jordan that we did not semi- 
nally take through the Red Sen. Caleb aud Josh- 
ua were not born at Mount Sinai, but received 
there a formal statement of the grandeur audvast- 
ness of what was promised by the blood ou the 
door-posts and lintels of their exodus. 

It is a stupendous thiug that God has done in 
the flesh in the Porson of Christ; and it is the 
very same thing, as regards character that he ac- 
complishes in us by the Holy Spirit! The true 
confession of the Incarnation is the very con- 
sciousness and testimony indicated by Metanoia 
1 John 4: 2. To be "made free by the Truth," 
" the glorious liberty of the children of God," is 
at the very point of transition, when " old things 
pass away, and all things become new." 

It was at the moment of the infusion of D in 
into the Virgin, that the "great mystery of God- 
liness " transpired. And the same mystery is re- 

. pealed in us, when, like the Virgin, we say to God 
with all the volume and emphasis of the soul — "be 
it unto me." Luke 1: 38. 

The whole Christ found lodgment in human 
nature when "that Holy Thing" was conceived. 
After that all was development in the various 
stages in which llesh inshvined Divinity to meet 
all the liabilities of our bankrupt state; where Je- 
hovah Jesus began his human career, there we al- 
so begin our ascent into " all the fulness of God." 
It. is the perfect coalescence of two wills that 
effects the conjunction in which the righteousness 
of God becomes ours. This remains with us, and is 
the '• seed " out of which all externnlization of the 
indwelling Christ springs. 1 John 3: 9. No one 
can have the righteousness of God imputed by 
faith who lias not broken with sin as thoroughly 
and abidingly as the true meaning of Metanoia 
requires. No objective model, even God himself, 
constantly placed before the soul for imitation, 
can effect this change. It is God in us; the very 
Life of our life, that is needed for our redemp- 


Oh, what glorious, peculiar people are the God- 
bom! How Christ possessed, how Heaven-reflect- 
ing, how world-surmounting, how holy, wise, lov- 
ing are those who are really "partakers of the 
Divine Nature."' "Which thing is true in him 
md iu you;" 1 John 2: 8. Oh that the whole 
hurch of God would lie prostrate before the Mer- 
cy Si at, and wrestle with the very earnestness of 
the blood-sweating Emmanuel for the realization 
of John 17: 21, 22, 23, 21; Philpp. 3: 8, 9, 10; Col. 
1: 9, 10, 11, and Eph. 1: 17-21. Then will Jesus 
see of the travail of his soul aud be satisfied Isa. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 



In the investigation of this subject we shall no- 
tice what we conceive to be an error, and an error, 
too, which we think is misleading and calculated 
to confuse the uiiud of the student, and make the 
case seem mysterious and confused. There are 
three comings spoken of, aud the error consists in 
blending these three comings into one. The first 
coming is, when Jesus came riding triumphantly 
into Jerusalem, on a colt,— as it had been proph- 
esied that he should come. Jesus said before 
this when he was about leaving the city, that 
" Te shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, 
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the 
Lord." Matt. 23: 39. 

Then, when he returned to Jerusalem, riding 
upon the young nss, the people went out to meet 
him, and some of them had armed themselves 
villi branches of palm-trees. Others threw their 
garments in the way that the humble beast, upon 
which he was riding, might pass over them. 
Blessed is the King of Israel that 
3 name of the Lord." John 12: 13. 
And when he was come nigh, even 
now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the 
whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice 
and praise God with a loud voice for all the 
mighty works that they had seen; saying, Blessed 
be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: 
pence in heaven, and glory in the highest." Luke 
I'.): 37, 38. 

Here we have his first coming fully set up, and 
the prophecy, concerning his triumphant entrance 
into Jerusalem, amidst the loud hosannas of the 
multitude, fully verified. We are, therefore, ' 
done with that coming. Next we shall notice his 
c ming in the clouds of heaven. That will be 
when he comes to reign. When Jesus was ar- 
raigned before the high-priest, Caiaphas desired 

They si. id, 
cometh in tl 
Luke says, 



Jesus i.. tell him plainly if he were " tie Christ, the 
Son of God." " Jesus said nnto him, Thou host 
said: nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall 
ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of 
power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." 
Matt. 26: C3, 64. So it seems that, when Christ 
was here, to suffer, die, rise and organize his 
his church, etc., that he made choice of Mount Ol- 
ivet, as the place from which he would take his 
leave of his disciples. As he went up, a cloud re- 
ceived him out of their sight. Christ shall come 
again in like manner, as ye have seen him go into 
heaven. "When he comes in the clouds of heaven, 
he will bring his saints with him. "The Lord 
himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, 
•with the voice of the archangel, and with the 
trump of God, anil the dead in Christ shall rise 
first. Then we which are alive and remain, shall 
he caught up together with them in the clouds to 
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be 
with the Lord." 1 Thess. 4: 16, 17. 

Here it is easy to see, that he is gathering his 
saints together, and as the living saints shall be 
changed in a moment, at that time, from mortal- 
ity to immortality, and caught up with the res- 
urrected bodies of those whose spirits come with 
Jesus, and so all shall meet him in the air, it is 
again easy to see that what Paul, and Zechariah 
state, is true. Paul tells us something of what 
shall be " at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
with all his saints." 1 Thess. 3: 13. Zechariah 
says, " And the Lord, my God, shall come, and all 
the saints with them." Zcch. 14: 5. These are 
amply sufficient to show that he is now coming to 
gather his saints together, to reign with them, and 
they with him. As to the place where he will 
make his landing, we quote the following: " And 
his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount 
of Olives which is before Jerusalem on the East, 
and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst 
thereof toward the east and toward the nest, and 
then- shall be a very great valley." Z-ch. 14: 4. 
Here is where the camp of the saints will be. 

Now, we will notico the third coming. This is 
when he comes to judge the world at large. The 
first Scripture to which we call attention reads 
thus, "And to you who are troubled, rest with us, 
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heav- 
en, with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking 
vengeance on them that know not God, and obey 
not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 
Thess. 1: 7, 8. In this case you will notice, that he 
is not coming to Jerusalem, riding upon a colt, nei- 
ther in a cloud but in flaming fire, and that to judge 
those who have not obeyed the Gospel. Again 
we cite you to what is said in Rev. 20: 9. "And 
they went up on the breadth of the earth, and com- 
passed the camp of the saints about, and the be- 
loved city: and fire came down from God out of 
heaven, and devoured them." This is the time 
spoken of by the prophet Malachi, 4: 1-3. In 
looking at these several Scriptures, and thus di- 
viding them, we are in no danger of becoming 
confused by the seemiug contradiction, as seen 
when trying to apply them to one and the same 
coming, and in presenting the several comings, as 
we have here briefly tried to do, we get harmony 
out of what would otherwise be confusion. Hop- 
ing we are understood, we submit the case to the 
reader, for investigation. 

McPherson, Kans. 



WE have, several weeks ago, crossed the limits 
of 1890. Its account is closed, and whatever the 
balance sheet may show as to our standing, it is 
too late to change the entries. Their impress is in- 

lelible, and must remain. We have entered the 
year 1891 with a clean, white sheet, on which we 
will record our acts, whether good or bad, and are 
pursuing our way to the untried scenes of 
another year. "What shall be its experiences? 
"Who can tell? Who would desire to know? 

Eager, as we sometimes are, to pry into the hid- 
den realities o£ the future, yet who would dare to 
lift the curtain that separates the future from the 
present? Who would not shrink from such a rev- 
elation as we might behold, even for the short time 
single year? It would be too much for us. 
AVhat important questions,— religious, social, mor- 
al or of business, are to be settled this year, per- 
haps including not only our present but our future 
well-being? What of its religious or social life, 
)r sorrow, or of its business character? Shall 
it be a success or a failure? Who can answer? 
We wait in silence, — gathering and learning as we 
go. If w r e are honest in doing our whole duty to 
God and man, we need have no remorse and no 
eal unhappiuess. If we have done the best we 
could, nothing more than that is expected of any 


Life is made up of stoims and sunshine, and 
the wise man accepts it as it comes, and makes the 
best of it he can. He feels that it is better than 
he deserves because of his ungratefulness to his 
Heavenly Father. 

Outside influences have much to do with our 
lives, especially our Christian life, but he who per- 
mits them to turn him away from the simplicity of 
the Gospel, has not learned the grand secret of a 
happy life. It is not given to us to penetrate the 
future of this life. We gain preparation fcr the 
future by improving the present life. The past 
lingers only in the memory of things gone by, 
never to return to us again in this world. The 
things of this year will be revealed as we pass 
along, and each day will bring its joy or sorrow to 
us. Let us, who have Christ as our Leader, be 
prepared to meet all things bravely. It is said in 
God's Word, that in the sweat of his face man 
shall eat his bread. But, then, life is not for 
bread alone, but it reaches beyond, to that life 
which will never end. It can only be obtained by 
living by every word that proceedeth out of the 
mouth of God. This world has been wisely adapt- 
ed to our good by our Creator, and as faithful 
stewards let us improve the time, by taking heed 
to God's eternal Word. The Scriptures are rea- 
sonable. Let us seek to understand them aright 
and obey them, and we shall be happy indeed. 

Boston, Ind. ^ 



This has been a rainy, dreary day, and, while 
listening to the patter of the rain upon the roof, 
my thoughts have wandered far away to that fair 
land where there are no storms. While in this 
world we must have clouds and rain as well as 
sunshine, or vegetation would soon cease and our 
earth become a barren place. 

So also our earthly life must have shades as well 
as sunshine if we would grow in grace. Were 
there no storm clouds of persecution, no dark 
days of sorrow, and no gloomy days of mourning. 
we would soon forget our dependence on the al- 
mighty arm of Omnipotence. 

Many of the commandments of our Savior could 
not be obeyed if there were no sorrows, no sick- 
ness and no death. If we had no trials of our 
own, we could not sympathize with others in their 

It sometimes takes storms of sorrow to develop 
a Christian life. Some of the noblest Christians 
the world ever knew were those who had passed 
through fiery trials of persecution. Our Savior 

drank life's bitterest cup to the dregs, and the 
disciples followed closely in his footsteps. We 
are so constituted that it takes both storms and 
sunshine to form in us a true Christian character. 
Were there no cross there would be no crown. 

Trials and chastisements are not easy to be 
borne but, they will, after a while, yield the peace- 
able fruits of righteousness, if we bear them pa- 
tiently. It will not be long — if we are faithful to 
him that called us until the storms will all be over 
aud we will hear the welcome words, " Come ye 
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom pre- 
pared for you from the foundation of the world." 
Then we will know as we are known, and will see 
why we had so many stormy days. 

Iu that fair land of perpetual brightness, we 
will greet the loved ones who have gone before 
and with them will bow before the great white 
throne, and thank our Heavenly Father for both 
the storms and the sunshine. 

Stvect Springs, Mo. 


what thou s 

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From the Far West, 

I just returned from Dayton, "Washington, 132 
miles by rail. I went upon the earnest solicita- 
tion of Bro. Hollinger, whom I found engaged in a- 
ery interesting series of meetings, seven miles 
from Dayton, in a new locality where the Breth- 
had never preached before. Bro. Hollinger 
left soon after my arrival. I continued the meet- , 
ngs over Sunday. The people were very mnch 
uterested; they had never heard the. Brethren 
preach before. I was obliged to close the meet- 
ings ou account of ill health, but left with a prom- 
ise of returning soon. About twenty-one mem- 
bers live in and around Dayton, and a more prom- 
ising field of labor I have not found in all my 
labors. The field is white, ready to harvest. 
Bro. Hollinger had meetings at several places and 
baptized three. 

Before we went to the above place, we thought 
that their desire was to organize, but we found 
that, on account of the members living somewhat 
scattered and the weather being unfavorable, we 
would have to defer an organization for the pres- 
ent. As far as we could learn, an organization 
would bo desirable. "We are beginning to learn 
the magnitude of the mission work in this coun- 
try, and fear we shall have so many points to vis- 
it, as to scatter our work too much to make it a- 
success, but we shall stay at each point as long as 
our time will admit. Oh, how much to do, and 
how short the time to work, while precious souls 
are starving for the Bread of Life! Brethren, 
give your prayers to the work! We want active 
work all along the line! Sidney Hodgden. 

Moscow, Idaho, Jan. 26. 

From the Dallas Centre Church, Iowa, 

We have just closed a series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Bro. W. Wyland. He commenced 
Jan. 10, five miles north-east of Grand Junction, 
Iowa, where there are about fifteen members who 
belong to this church. Bro. Aaron Julius went 
up to assist in the meetings. Jan. 17, Bro. 
Wyland preached for us ■ at our meeting-house, 
and Bro. Julius remained over Sunday with the 
Brethren at Grand Junction. Bro. Wyland con- 
tinued the meetings until Friday night, after 

Feb. 10, 1891. 


which, ho went to the Panther Creek church, member the 
where he is now laboring. " It 

While there were no additions to the church | Acts 20: 35 
during our meetings, we feel that good has been 
done by the labors of our brother. He gave us 
wholesome instruction and tried to impress upon 
our minds the importance of obeying all the com- 
mandments. May the Lord bless him in his ef- 
forts, is our prayer. I Mary Zellars, 111 

"We are having an interesting social meeting M. Hull, Oh: 
this winter. We meet every Sunday evening. Sarah Marshall, Michi 
"We consider these social meetings of great benefit D. "W. Albaugh, 111 

>rds <>f the Lord Jesus, how ho said, 
blessed to give than to receive." 
Jacob Rife, 
D. F. Hoover, 
Lewis "W. Teeteii. 

Poor Fund. 

to the church, especially the young members. 

A. "W. Hawbakee. 

Notes and Jottings, 

On Saturday, Dec. 13, according to promise, 
Bro. I. D. Parker, of Ashland, Ohio, commenced a 
series of meetings in our house at Covington, un- 
der encouraging prospects, in the way of attend- 
ance. Ho held services both morning and even- 

The writer was detained at a series of meeting: 
that he was holding with the Brethren in Middle 
town, Ind. I did not reach home unliWan 1G, and 
was pleased to find such an interest at the very 
beginning of the meeting.. Bro. Parker's matter 
and manner seemed edifying to all, both in and 
out of the church. 
„ The meetings closed Jan. 12, with eleven addi- 
tions to the church by baptism. "We felt that the 
meetings did much toward encouraging the mem- 
bership, and moulding sentiment in our town and 
community, favorable to the cause we love so 
much. Our growth has not been rapid, but grad- 
ual, for some time. A commendable feeling of 
peace and harmony reigns in our camp. 

Our aged and endeared elder, Samuel Mohler, 
is in very fair health. He was in attendance at 
the meeting most of the time. 

We are feeling despoudent. The doctor's w 
(my wife's sister), is prostrated, weak, helpl* 
and low. Upon the dark cloud, hovering over us, 
I look through my tears again and again, but see 
no silver lining to the threatening cloud. Beyond 
the dark cloud, by faith, I distinctly see a light 
on the distant shore. Surely, " if we had only the 
hope in this life, we would be of all meu most 
miserable." Verily, how true is the inquiry, 
"What will it profit a man though he gain, the 
whole world and yet lose his own soul, or what 
can a man give in exchange for his soul?" 


A Suggestion to the Churches of the Southern District 
of Indiana. 

Since the District Meeting for the Southern 
District of Indiana occurs on March 25, which is 
so soon that it is not likely we could have a very 
good representation at a called (or special) Dis- 
trict Meeting in behalf of the Western Sufferers, 
hence, in order to forward the work of securing 
means sooner than the regular time of District 
Meeting, we the undersigned officers of said Dis- 
trict Meeting do advise that the officers of the sev- 
eral congregations, composing the said District 
take immediate steps to have a solicitation made 
in behalf of the sufferers of the West, and for- 
ward their contributions to the Brethren's Pub- 
lishing Co., Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., 111., for distri- 
bution. Some of those churches have already 
done so, and no church should fail to make such 
an effort. Now is the time of their distress. Let 
us do good unto all men, " bear each other's bur- 
dens and so fulfill the law of Christ." Sometime 
we, too, may need their assistance. We shall be 
blessed in making an effort to assist them, even if 
we never need any assistance on their part. Re- 

A brother, 1 00 

John Stauffer, Pa., 1 50 

Frank Leighton, Kansas 2 00 

Sarah Marshall, Michigan 50 

Wm. Hiner, Ohio 50 

Anna Garver, Ohio, 1 00 

Joseph A. Price, Illinois, 8 00 

Brother and sister, Ohio, 2 00 

David Flora, Indiana 140 

Daniel G. Hendricks, Pennsylvania, 5 00 

A sister, Kansas, 50 

Barbara A. Wolf, Missouri 00 

Oran Long, Pennsylvania, 1 00 

George Kenuer, Washington, 1 40 

Ella Williams, Maryland, 30 

E. D. Rensinger, Pennsylvania, 50 

Lydia Ball, Pennsylvania 50 

sisters, 1 00 

John E. Bossermau, 2 00 

Fannie Fogle, Indiana 40 

Mary Sheets, Virginia 25 

Calvin Rod gers, Ohio 40 

Barbara Fisher, Ohio, 40 

Jacob S. Guyer, Pennsylvania, 5 00 

Mary Hosforde, Illinois 40 

Louisa Davidson, Ohio, 20 

Henry Shock, Indiana 1 50 

Amos Hoover, Indiana, 50 

Herrington Sunday-school, Kansas, 73 

A. B. Wallick, Michigan, 3 00 

Emma E. Kindig, Illinois, 50 

Salome Anderson, Indiana, 25 

J. W. Price, 1 50 

Z. Arnold, 

Susan B. Lahman, 
J. A. Root, Kansas 

Samuel Henry, 

Kezia Tyson 

T. J. Veoman, 

could have continued our meetings a little longer, 
there might have been much good done. 

George Hege. 

Among; the Needy of the West. 

By request of Bro. D. L. Miller, I am at Good- 
land, Sherman Co., Kans., looking after the wants 
of the destitute. I find nearly all in want, but 
have, so far, round none in an absolutely suffering 
condition, as there seems to be a disposition on 
the part of all to share to the last. This is a most 
commendable feature in the hearts of this noble- 
spirited people. But this can not last until an- 
other crop" is raised, and many that now lend and 
divide what they have, will themselves need aid. 
My means at hand is limited, and I can only be 
governed by what is at my disposal. I had the 
best counsel I can get here, as a basis to work up- 
on, and have relieved the present wants of about 
twenty-fire families to the amount of from $5 to 
$15. Two days ago I was in Thomas County and 
did the same there, but these two localities cover 
but a small area of this great West. My distri- 
butions were to all the needy in and out of the 
church alike, and in this work I was aided by the 
judgment and counsel of good brethren. O! the 
glad hearts that even this little mite will make! 

While I am penning these lines with tears, I am 
made to rejoice that the condition of the people 
worse, and that there an- so many of our 
dear brethren and others, blessed with this worlds 
oods, whose hearts are drawn out toward their 
destitute brethren of the West. I still hope that 
other State Districts will follow the noble example 
of the District of Northern Illinois, from whose 
bounties I (un now supplying the needy and mak- 
ing glad hearts. Jinny here have been compelled 
they hail, to 
et the 


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2 00 

7 00 

'. . . . 1 50 


Newkirk, 1 00 

1 75 

Such are at the 

who, in many cases, I 

disposition of leniency 

orthy of praise. Tho 

coal to the sufferers. 

B. B. Whitmer. 
Quintal; Kans. 

From the Martin Creek Church, 111. 

am glnd to say, manifest 
and forbearance that is 

State furnish 



Sally Sipe, Morrill, Kans., SI 50 

Mary A Hoofstitler, Millersville, Pa., 50 

A brother, Baker's Summit, Pa. 2 75 

Jonas P. Price, Elizabethtown, Pa., 50 

H. A. Rittenhouse, Easton, Md., 2 00 

Jacob D. Rosenberger, Hatfield, Pa., 40 

Daniel Keim, St Peters, Pa., 40 

From the Back Creek Church, Pa. 

We began n series of meetings on the evening 
of Jan. 10. Bro. David Bousack, of Westminster, 
Md., preached for us. Although not in good 
health when he came, he held forth the Word of 
Life with power and zeal. Our meetings were 
well attended. Good order prevailed and many 
seemed to take great interest iu the way our 
brother held forth the Gospel. On the evening 
of Jan. 16 he met with us for the last time, as 
next day ho returned home. May the good Lord 
bless him for his labor of love! 

On Friday evening, Bro. William ArCthonj 
commenced to preach for us. By his assistance, 
we continued our meeting until Sunday, and closed 
with good interest. As a result, one was added to 
the church by baptism. We think that if we 


id of 

This church is in good working 
enibership of twenty-six. We have bee 
great need of a meeting-house, and, by the 
the Building Committee of Southern Illinois, we 
now have a house ready for the seats. It is 20 by 
36 feet iu size, and I think that wo con now work 
to better advantage than we could by having 
meetings in the school-houses. By good, honest 
work, and the help of the Good Lord, a good woik 
will, no doubt, be accomplished. 

I can say a hearty "Amen" to Bro. Enoch 
Eby's article in Gosi'EL Messenger of Jan. 27. 
It would be well if more of our dear old soldiers 
of the cross would write such articles. There 
would be more love and strength in the Brother- 
hood! We would see more heart religion and not 
so much merely of the head. B. F. Stephens. 

Report of Money Received. 

As I was requested to mnke a report of the funds 
received for the Dakota sufferers, I will report the 
following list of money received to date, Dec. 28, 

Woodland church, Woodland, Mich., #16 50 

Flat Rock church, Va., n °° 

James Layman, Harrisburg, Ya .- ■ 11 00 

C C. Arnold, Somerset, Lid., 12 00 

Joel Click, Mound City, Mo., 26 00 

John A. Cline, Stewart's Draft, Ya. 12 14 

Daniel Wami-ler. 

Detroit, S. D. 


Feb. 10, 1891. 

An Appeal to the Sisters. 

My heart is filled with sadness this morning. 
I have before me a letter from Bro. J. K. Young, 
telling of the great snfferii g in the West nud 
North. Now, what can be done? Will we all sit 
still aud do nothing and say, "We have nothing 
to give?"— or will we be aroused to a sense of our 
duty and put forth an effort toward relieving the 
suffering? I know then' have liven efforts put 
forth in many places of the Brotherhood, but in 
many others nothing is being dene. I felt pressed 
this morning, dear sisters, to appeal to you, to go 
to work iu this good cans?. Think of the little 
children that are crying for bread. 

I will give you the account of my day's labor 
yesterday, and then some of you may take courage 
to go to work. I started out to solicit aid for the 
sufferers, and as you know the days are short now, 
I only got to seven houses, but I brought brick 
quite a bos of goods, and $6.00 in money. I felt 
that the Lord had blessed my labors nud I feel to 
go on in this good work. Every one that I met 
seemed willing to do something in that direction. 

Now, dear sisters, pray God to help you in this 
good work, and I know your labors will be bleBSod. 
Deprive yourselves of the luxuries of this life, 
that you may be able to give to the needy ones. 
May the Lord help you all to lend a helping hand! 
Lizzie Hilary. 

From the Hock Hiver Church, 111. 

The above-named church began a series of 
meetings Jan. 2, conducted by the home ministry. 
Jan. 9 Bro. Joseph Trostle, of "Woodbury Coun- 
ty, Iowa, came, and preached in the evening. Jan. 
10 Bro. David Eby, from Lena, 111., took charge 
of the meetings, assisted part of the time by Bro. 
Trostle. The brethren continued until the even- 
ing of the 25th. As a result of their labors two 
were received by baptism and another made appli- 
cation to be baptized. 

Bro. Eby preached a number of practical ser- 
mons. He has the cause of Christ and the purity 
of the church at heart, and presents the Word of 
Truth in its simple, plain and tangible form. 

The Bock River church, by her generosity to 
mission work, and other enterprises and by sus- 
taining, besides her regular appointments series of 
meetings,- Sunday-school and social meetings, is 
experiencing a higher state of spiritual life. May 
the Lord help us all to live the life of Christ, that 
we may be nourished in that most holy faith once 
delivered to the saints. J. L. Milleii. 

Jan. 27. 

Echoes from the Highway. 

Bro. P. A. Moore came to our place Jan. 10, 
and commenced a series of meetings, continuing 
until the loth. Bro. Horning preached two ser- 
mons during the time. Then came Bro. G. S. 
Lehmer and continued the meetings a week longer. 
There was a full attendance at all tho meetings 
and much interest was manifested. Apart from 
the Brethren, the Holiness people, so-called, are 
iu the majority. _ It is needless to say their emo- 
tional theology was badly wrecked in the minds of 
manyf In fact, the strong Bible doctrine, put 
forth so forcibly by those brethren, made those of 
popular views to tremble and quake, when they 
saw their pet theories crumble before the power 
of Gospel Truth. It is evident that " faith-alo 
and "sinless-perfection" doctrine will not soon 
revive in this locality. Quite a number of the 
■■ people are persuaded that it is a delusion fco claim 
the promises of God, such as the gift of the Holy 
Spirit, holiness, sanctificntion, remission of sins, 
justification, or eternal life, without a legal title to 
them, and legality of title is dependent upon a 

living faith, that leads to the acceptance of all the 
commandments of God. Having come in by the 
door and done the will of God from the heart, 
then and then only can the child claim the bless- 
ings with the assurance that they will be his to 
enjoy, — here and hereafter. 

Those meetings were a source of much joy to our 
members, confirming (heir faith, and, it is hoped, 
perfecting them in love. Two were added to the 
number by baptism and several others expressed 
their intention to come into the fold in the near 
future. Sisters Moore, Ida Fronts, Light, and 
Megie were also with us during the meetings, ever 
ready to assist by their effective private ministry 
of the Word and doctrine. We speak the senti- 
ment of all our members when wo say that our 
thanks are due those brethren and sisters for their 
earnest labors of love for the cause here. May 
God graciously bless them! J. S. Flory. 

Tuhunga, Gal 

A Trip to Chicago. 

I accompanied my daughter, Leah E. Hopsay, 
and grandchild to Normal Park, Chicago, in Sep- 
tember, where they now live, 

I had long desired to meet with the little band 
of members at Chicago. On Sunday morning son- 
in-law and I took the street-cars for the place of 
meeting. Bro. Eoyer, of Mount Morris, preached 

food sermon for us. Their Sunday-school, also, 

quite interesting. We were pleased to meet 
Bro. W. K. Miller, the resident minister, and the 
many earnest members. Two dear souls were re- 
ceived into the church that day. 

It is true, the congregations were not as large as 
they should be, in the city. What they need most, 
is a house of worship of their own, and I hope the 
time will come, and that before long, when they 
will be able to thus assemble. 

Let me suggest to our brethren and sisters, that, 
when visiting Chicago, they do not fail to attend 
church services with our Brethren. It is encour- 
aging to the members there and the Lord will 
bless' you for it. The place of meeting is on the 
corner of Oakley Avenue and Jackson streets. 
Sunday-school at 2: 30 P. M., preaching at 3: 30 
P. M. Elizabeth Witwer. 

To Mary Bucher Beahm. 

My Dear Daughter: — 

You are now engrafted into the True Vine 
by baptism. This is at once the noblest and most 
important step that can be taken by a fallen being 
for whom God's only Son bled and died on Calvary. 
My prayer to God is that your baptism be ac- 
companied by that inward offering, so beautifully 
expressed by David in Psalm 51: "The sacrifices 
of God are a broken heart; a broken and contrite 
heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." They who 
are so changed will also pray the Father: " Create 
in me a clean heart, O God, aud renew a right 
spirit within me," and " purge me with hyssop, and 
I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter 
than snow." 

Right here, in the beginning of one's religious 
life, there is great danger of self-deception. " Let 
no man man deceive himself." 1 Cor. 4; 18. 

The great and important question with those who 
wish to be saved is, " What must I do to be 
saved?" and it is of great importance that the 
question is made without any mental reservation 
whatever. In the case of Naaman, who went to 
Elisha to be cleansed of his leprosy, we find that 
he had it all arranged in his mind as to how th 
cleansing should be done, before he applied for a 
cure. After Elisha had sent a messenger unto 
him, saying, " Go aud wash in Jordan seven times, 
etc. ; he became angry and said. " Behold, I 

thought he will surely come to me and stand and 
call on tho name of the Lord his God, and strike 
his hand over the place and recover the leper." 

What Elisha, the man of God, bade him do was 
too little for him, for his servants came near and 
spake unto him, and said, " My Father, if the 
prophet had bid thee do some great thing, would- 
est thou not have done it? " — etc. And this is not 
to be wondered at, since ho " was ajjreai man with 
his master, and honorable," and "also a mighty 
man in valor." 2 Kings 5. 

So, also, in tho case of the lawyer, who came to 
the Savior, tempting him, saying, " Master, what 
shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Luke 10: 25. 
Now, lawyers are a peculiar class of men, but, I 
fear, not in the sense in which tho people of God 
peculiar. This one, no doubt, was an average 
and it seems to me he put the question some- 
thing like this, " Master, what shall I do to in- 
herit eternal life-? " As much as to say, some of 
the things you teach will do for common people, 
but we are of a higher class, " What shall I do? " 

The question in German is, "What must I do? " 
and I rather like it better. So the self-loving, 
pleasure-loving; and high-minded (see 2 Tim. 3) 
lawyer likely emphasized the question thus: 
What must I do? " as much as to say, " Some of 
the things you teach can not be binding; they can 
not be mandatory, but only advisory, and I ask 
to tell what things I must do. These area 
few of the sources from which the departures in 
the church spring. And such as are tinged with 
them, do not select for ensamples the humblest, 
most pious, and most self-denying members. Al- 
ways the reverse! More anon! Geo. Bucher. 

KleinfehhrsviUe, Pa. 

From Linn County, Oregon. 

In Gospel Messenger of Jan. 13, I have just 
ead the call for " help for the sufferers in the 
West," in response to which my feelings say, 
God bless the poor." 

Wo, as a church, have done nothing for them 

yet, in the Lebanon congregation, but as we are to 

et nest Saturday in a special, social council, 

something may then be done in the matter of 


While in Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas some 
are hungry and cold, yet loving and trusting our 
Master, — we, in Oregon, are enjoying " his bene- 
fits " in an unusually mild aud pleasant winter up 
to date, and in food, fuel, aud clothing " enough 
and to spare." And while wo are few in number, 
we are struggling hard, aud sometimes almost un- 
successfully, against the tendencies of 1 John 2: 
15, 16. 

In our social meeting next Saturday we will 
work for the return of full fellowship and an in- 
crease of love and holiness. And may we each 
and all pray as in Psalm 19: 14, "Let the words 
of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be 
acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and 
my redeemer." Henby C. Holcomb. 

Lebanon, Oregon, Jan. 22. 

Notes from, the La Porte Church, Ind. 

Jan. 10, a sister, aged about twenty-six years, 
was buried t; in the likeness of Christ's death," by 
the writer. Her husband also renewed the cove- 
nant, broken by neglect some years ago, and is 
cited to next church council for an adjustment of 
his case. 

The sister mentioned in the note above had 
given her hand at a revival, conducted by a minis- 
ter of one of the popular denominations, but as he 
was quite liberal in his views, he granted time to 
those who desired immersion until May, mean- 
while baptizing (?) by sprinkling, which would 

Feb. 10, 1891. 


be just as good." She, with her husband, con- 
cluded to " search the Scripture, and see i£ these 
things be so," resulting as noted, in urging her to 
arise and " walk in newness of lite." May many 
others " go and do likewise! " 

A New Point. — On Saturday evening and Sun- 
day morning, Jan. 10 and 11 I preached to full 
houses in the Baptist church ou Boiling Prairie, 
seven miles east of La Porte. These were the 
first sermons iu the house, after having been re- 
modeled and almost entirely renovated. It is a 
new point for the Brethren and the outlook is 
favorable. I left appointments fo'r preaching 
again on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, 
Jan. 24 and 25. Prom that time ou every four 
weeks on Sunday, at 10:30 A. M. 

Thurston Milleis. 

The Mission Field of Southern Illinois ana Elsewhere. 

As the demand for laborers in the mission field 
becomes greater, the question arises, " How shall 
we get the laborers?" 

It seems that the laborers are sufficient iu num- 
ber, but too many want to enjoy, and be benefited 
and rewarded by, the labors of others. When we 
go to the harvest field, each one is expected to 
perform the labors of his station, in order to re- 
ceive the promised reward, but when we look at 
the mission field we see, in this part of God's her- 
itage, at least, from six to twelve ministers on the 
same station, and a visitor performing the labors. 
We, as a Missionary Committee, say, " Here, 
Brethren, we have a station some twenty miles 
away, which you cau reach by rail. Your ex- 
penses, etc., will be paid. Will you go and occu- 

They answer like this: "We are having suqli 
good meetings, I believe I would rather stay at 
home." The visitor gets the reward of his labors, 
but how cau the rest expect to get the reward of 
their labors, when they do nothing? When they 
should be dealing out the Bread of Life to others, 
they aro at home, feasting. G. W. Gibson, 
Girard, III. Sec. 

tice in the " Chimes " and in tho Brethren's Hym- 

We are glad to see in the GosrEL Messenger 
that the good work of aiding the sufferers in the 
West is progressing. Yes, tho sisters can do a 
great deal in this direction. The sisters of this 
church solicited second-hand clothing in their 
neighborhoods and sent it to the sufferers. A 
little effort on our part may gladdeu many a heart. 
Wo solicited from all denominations, and all gave 
cheerfully. The distribution will be to all needy 
alike. There is no trouble to get second-hand 
clothing in this vicinity. It only requires a little 
effort on our part. If we knew where more would 
be needed, we could send more. 

Amanda Witmore. 

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Jan. 27. 

A Special Notice. 

I would suggest the following to the Com- 
mittees, appointed by Annual Meeting of 1890, to 
consolidate the interests and work of General Mis- 
sion and tho Tract Work, and also the Examining 
Committee on Manuscripts, that, if agreeable to all 
concerned, the Committee to examine Manuscripts 
meet at the place of Annual Meeting of 1891, on 
Tuesday before Confereuee (May 2B), at 8 A. M. 
The " Committee on Consolidation " to meet at the 
same place on Wednesday morning, May 27, with 
the understanding that they commence their work 
when the former committee is through, or as may be 
agreed upon by both committees. Objections to 
the above arrangements must be prompt, other- 
wise the above plan will be in force. Further- 
more, we hope all the members of both Com- 
mittees will be present, if possible. 

We also wish that all Manuscripts be legibly 
written, and that they be as comprehensive and 
condensed as possible. Manuscripts should be 
sent to the undersigned either at Booth, Eeno 
Co., Kansas, or to Hagerstown, Md., Annual 
Meeting Box, so as to reach Hagerstown before 
May 25, 1891. Enoch Eby. 

Fluids for Western Sufferers. 

From Nettle Creek, Indiana. 

I Accohding to previous arrangements, Bro. 
George L. Studebaker came here and held a series 
_ of meetings at the White Branch meeting-house, 
commencing Jan. 10, and continuing until the 
evening of the 25th— preaching, in all, twenty-six 
sermons. Surely the spirit of tho Lord was with 
us! Fathers, mothers and friends were made to 
weep for joy, to see their children and neighbors 
returning home to Jesus. 

As an immediate result of the meetings there 
were thirty-two baptized, and two precious ones, 
that had wandered fr'om the fold, returned home 
again. May God bless them all, and enable them 
afl to prove faithful! Everybody that attended 
these meetings seemed ninch interested. We had 
large congregations and the best of order. May 
God bless Bro. Studebaker and all his faithful 
servauts who are thus laboring for the extension 
of the cause! Abkaiiam Bowman. 

From Centre View, Mo. 



Two dear ones were recently 
church by baptism. They were wrought upon 
during our late series of meetings, but could not 
fully surrender until later. Thus the good work 
goes on! ' We feel to thank God and take courage. 

We have re-organized our Sunday-school for 
the winter. We like to see an evergreen Sunday- 
school and to that end have sent for " Gospel 
Chimes," to help us along. We have also organ, 
jzed a singing-class, to meet once a week, to prac- 

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The following amounts have been received at 
tins office, and paid over to the Treasurer, 
last report: 

John C. Frantz, Laureldale, Va., S 5 

J. B. Trump, Melrose, 111 

Clara J. Harshbarger, Lewistown, Pa., 

Henry L. Harshbarger, Lewistown, Pa., . . 

G. W. Fausler, Bellevne, Idaho 

G. W. Wine, Ottobine, Va 

Margaret Sechrist, Somerdale, Pa 

Martin Garber, Sangerville, Va 

E. J. Neher, Keuka, Fla ■ 

Ida Bashor, Oak Grove, Tenn., 

C. D. Leighton, Oak Grove, Tenn. 

S. J. Garber, New Hope, Va 

Isaac Cook, Mason, Mich. 

Alcinda Cook, Masou, Mich., 

Thomas Cook, Mason, Mich., 

Isaac Cook, Jr., Mason, Mich. 

Waylen Cook, Mason, Mich., 

Amanda Newman, Mason, Mich. 

Granville Newman, Masou, Mich. 

A sister, Gettysburg, Pa., 

Henry Larrick and wife, Monte Vista, Colo. 


Sarah Copp, Salemville, Va., 1 00 

A brother, 2 f 

D. H. Miller 5 00 

Sarah J. Miller, Camp Siding, Pa., 5 00 

Pyrmont church, Pyrmout, Iud 13 35 

Henry Whisler, Unionville, In., 5 00 

John B. Groff, Galesburg, Kans 1 00 

Bufns A. Wyatt, Bogers, Ark., 1 00 

W. H. Myers, Mount Pleasant, Pa., 5 00 

Sister Myers, Mount Pleasant, Pa., . . 
Portage church, Wood County, Ohio, J. P. 

Krabill, solicitor 26 50 

John T. Lewis, 5 11 

Kansas Center church, Lyons, Kans 7 28 

A sister, Lancaster County, Pa., 1 00 

Snake Spring Valley church, Pa 19 28 

James A. McCay and wife, Platteville, 

Colo., 2 00 

P. S. Frantz and wife, Longmont, Colo., . . 3 00 

C. J. Clenan, Platteville, Colo . 1 00 

H. H. Weuger, wife and children, Platte- 
ville, Colo., 5 25 

Elizabeth Graybill, West Earl, Pa., 1 00 

Emma Welty, Waynesboro, Pa 2 00 

Jacob Gnyer, Sr., Loysburg, Pa 5 00 

Jacob S. Gnyer, Loysburg, Pa,, 5 00 

Emmanuel Guyer, Loysburg, Pa., 50 

Lecta S. Guyer, Pa 50 

Becca S. Guyer, Loysburg, Pa., 50 

John S. Guyer, Loysburg, Pa. 3 00 

Gabriel Swihart, Silver Lake, Ind 5 00 

Lizzie Weaver, Silver Lake, Ind., 5 00 

J. H. Smith and wife, Swales, Pa 5 00 

Joseph Smith and wife, Swales, Pa., 2 00 

Joseph T. Smith and wife, Swales, Pa.,. . 

Annie E. Smith, Swales, Pa 

Mary Shcllenberger, MoAlisterville, Pa., 

H. L. Smith, MoAlisterville, Pa., 

Wm. G. Schrock, Berlin, Pa. 

A brother, Berlin, Pa., 

H. M. and F. I. Hoff, Golden Corner: 


A sister, Johnsville, Md., 

Michael G. Donier, Baltic, Ohio 1 00 

Jacob D. Glick and sisters, Eushville, Va., 3 00 

A sister.'Norristowu, Pa 5 00 

AbuerFidler and wife, Levering, Ohio,.. . 3 50 

Susannah Smith, Pyrmont, Ohio 5 00 

H. Eliza Bosserman, Gettysburg, Pa., 1 00 

S. F. B. and family, Berlin, Pa., 5 00 

Mattie A. Lear, Sellars, 111 1 00 

A brother and sister, Meyersdale, Pa., 3 00 

Abilene church, Abilene, Kans 10 10 

M. J. Bail, Strabane, Pa., 1 00 

Anna Lane, Strabane, Pa 1 00 

Nan. A. Breakiron, Easton, W. Va., 2 00 

H. M. W., Unionville, Md., 2 00 

C. H. Balsbaugh, Union Deposit, Pa 2 00 

A. J. Puterijaugh, Clarence, Iowa 7 50 

D. M. Mullendore, 10 00 

Aaron F. Mullendore, i 00 

E. C. Mullendore, 3 °° 

G. W. and E. A. Kaetzel, Claggets, Md., . . 2 00 

Emma A. Miller, Sharpsburg, Md., 2 00 

Emma A. Mullendore, Claggets, Md., 1 00 

George Hartsough, Maxville, Ohio 3 12 

Cyrus Wallick, Blooniingdalo, Mich. 10 00 

Saline City church, Indiana, 14 00 

Howard church, Indiana, 28 32 

Neighbors and friends of Kuobnoster, Mo., 
E. J. Neher, Keuka, Fla 

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S3G7.3G. Mount Morris, 111, Jan. 26, 1891. 

Beceived of the Brethren's Publishing Co., 
the sum of three hundred sixty-seven dollars and 
thirty-six cents, to be used for Western sufferers. 
Daniel K. Price, 
Treasurer of Northern Illinois. 

"HELPING another may be the best possible 
method of helping ourselves. Selfishness will 
often prompt us to desire help from others; but it 
is not selfishness that impels ns to give help to 
others. Therefore it is that we may be losers 
through the gratifying of our selfish desires, when 
we would be gainers through the exercise of out 
unselfish endeavors." 


Feb. 10, 1891 . 

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and advocates the form of doctrine taught in the New Testament and 
pleads for a return to apostolic and primitive Christianity. 

It recognizes the New Testament as the only infallible rule of faith and 
practice, and maintains tliat Paith toward God, Repentance from dead 
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ample and command nf Jesus, should be observed in the church. 

That the Lord's Supper, instituted by Christ and as universally ob- 
served by the apostles and the early Christians, is a full meal, and, in 
connection with the Communion, should be taken in the evening or after 
the close of the day. 

That the Salutation of the- Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Charity, is binding 
upon the followers of Christ. 

That War and Retaliation are contrary" to the spirit and self-denying 
principles of the religion of Jesus Christ. 

That the principle of Plain Dressing and of Non-conformity to the 
world, as taught in the New Testament, should be observed by the fol- 
lowers of Christ. 

That the Scriptural duty of Anointing the Sick with Oil, in the Name 
of the Lord, James 5: 14, is binding upon all Christians. 

It also advocates the church's duty to support Missionary and Tract 
Work, thus giving to the Lord for the spread of the Gospel and for the 



modern Christendom, 

r of all that Christ and the apostles have en- 
amid the conflicting theories and discords of 
oint out ground that all must concede to be in- 

Mount Morris, HI., 

Feb. 10, 1891. 

Since Dec. 1, 1890, eighteen have been received 
into the church at McPherson by baptism. With 
few exceptions, these were students of McPherson 

The family of Bro. Thomas "Watkins have been, 
and still are, afflicted with scarlet fever. They de- 
sire the prayers of the brethren and sisters in 
their behalf. 

The Bible Term at McPherson was largely at- 
tended, and all were well pleased with the charac- 
ter of the work done. At the close of the term 
the class gave a substantial evidence of its appre- 
ciation of the services of Bro. S. Z. Sharp and 
Bro. A. W. Yaniman, the teachers, in the shape of 
a handsome sum of money. "We are glad to note 
the interest taken in our Bible Schools, and we 
hope it will largely increase. Our old brethren, 
who have attended these Special Bible Terms, 
express themselves as highly pleased with the ex- 
cellent advantages thus afforded to gain a thorough 
knowledge of the Scriptures. 

"Two more were received by baptism at Mc- 
Pherson College Feb. 1." So reports Bro.'S. Z. 

Bro. Joseph Trostle, of Kingsley, Iowa, in 
company with our Bro. Levi Trostle, of the Bock 
River church, III., paid us a short visit last week. 
We arc sorry they could not remain with us long- 

A DEEP snow has fallen in the North-west. At 
some places it is reported to be two feet deep. In 
this locality there has been but little snow fall 
aud last week wo had the first real cold weathei 
for this winter, 

Bro. Daniel Vaniman is in Eastern Kansas 
holding meetings, and working up the school in- 
terest. We hope he will be successful. Oui 
school enterprises need uot only the sympathy, 
but tho financial aid of our Brethren. 

Bv the time this issue of the Messenger reaches 
our readers, we hope to be at our post again in the 
MESSENGER office. We made the trip West under 
protest, because we did not feel that we had time 
to spare from our office duties, but, after all, we 
are glad that wo went. Many needy people in the 
West are being relieved, and one can not but feel 
gratified that they have the privilege of assisting 
in the good work. 

The following extract, clipped from the Denver 
(Colo.) Republican, shows that another State is 
about to place a law on its statute book against 
the snle of tobacco to minors. Those who favor 
the use of tobacco -will do well to note the fact, 
that, in order to protect our young people from the 

ils following the tobacco habit, many of our 
State Legislatures, — sixteen in all, we believe, — 
have passed laws prohibiting its sale to children: 

In committee of the whole in the Senate yester- 
day, Senator Whitely's bill to prevent the gift or 
sale of tobacco to children under sixteen years of 
age was ordered to a third rending and final pas- 
■. The bill is a very proper one, only it ought 
to be amended so as to include all minors. As it 
now stands the age of children will be stretched, 
and but few convictions will be had under it. 
Make it. all minors and let the bill become a. law." 


Some of our correspondents find plenty of time 
write " on the wing," but as for us we confess 
that we prefer the comparative quiet of the sanc- 
tum, when we have writing to do; but as this trip 
is one that keeps us constantly moving from place 
to place, we must write as opportunity offers; here 
a little aud there a little. This plau does not tend 
ive continuity of thought, hence our editorials 
for a few weeks will be broken into fragments. 

Westward the course of empire takes its way," 
said the poet, but long before expression was 
given to the thought, the movement of population 
had been tending toward the setting sun. The 
estless activity of tho American people has 
carried them Westward with wonderful rapidity. 
Within the memory of those who have but reached 
the zenith of life, the western plains of Kansas 
and Nebraska were given over wholly to the In- 
dian and the buffalo. The railways drove both 
these away, the buffalo to extinction, and the In- 
dian to government reservations, and the cattle 
ranger and the cow-boy occupied the laud. Then 
came the rush of emigration. The hardy home- 
steader put up his sod-house, or made Ids "dug 
out," and went to work to eke out a scanty living 

until he could "prove up "aud secure a title to 
160 acres of land. These hardy pioneers, with 
their families, took up claims far out on the dry 
plains. The railroads put their land on the mark- 
et. The land ageut came to the front, aud the 
country was advertised, in many cases far above 
its just deserving. Hundreds were induced to 
purchase, some in hope of bettering themselves 
financially, and becoming land-owners, others in 
pursuit of: both health and wealth, and the country 
rapidly filled up. Towns grew and farm houses 
dotted the prairies. 

But this was all an experiment. Would there! 
come to these western plains sufficient rainfall to 
mature crops? No one could answer the question, 
for no one had tried the experiment. The future 
alone would reveal whether prosperity would at- 
tend the efforts of the settlers or not. The ground 
was broken, seed was sown, and a scanty crop was 
the result. This led the settlers to hope for a 
better return in the future, and they sowed in hope, 
but the harvest came not, The much hoped for 
rain did not come, and for three seasons, in some 
places at least, total crop failures are recorded, 
and at last hundreds of families find themselves 
stranded on these plains without money to take 
them East, and without food, clothing or fuel to 
keep cold and hunger from their doors. These 
are some of the causes that have led up to tho 
present condition of suffering in the West, which 
the charitably-disposed people of the East are 
making such noble efforts to alleviate. Hundreds 
who had money have gone East, and scores of 
empty houses are to be seen. Others would 
►follow if they had the means. Some, with hope 
largely developed, are looking for better times. 
All the means they have ie the world is invested 
here, ancj it is hard to leave it all. Some of the 
homesteaders must remain a year longer, until 
they can "prove up" and get a title to their land. 
When they get a deed from " Uncle Sam," they 
will go East unless times get better here. 

Who is to blame? We put this question to a 
number of settlers, and we liked best of all the 
answer given by a brother in Western Kansas. 
He said: "If any one is to blame, I am the man; I 
came West with my eyes open. I looked over the 
country and decided to try it. If we had plenty 
of rain this would be one of tho best farming dis- 
tricts in the West. The rain hasn't come, and 
hence we have had failures. I was not willing to 
accept the verdict of the old settlers who came 
here first, and abandoned their claims. Now it is 
not fair for me to blame others for the situation. 
No! if any one is to blame it is myself. 
* * * 

But what of the future of these plains? Are 
they to be deserted, and all the money that has 
been invested on them lost? Let tho settlers 
learn wisdom from the conditions that existed 
here before they came. Millions of buffalo roamed 
over the land, growing fat, both summer and 
winter on the nutritious buffalo grass, with which 
nature has so bountifully covered all the plains. 
Agriculture is a failure. Without irrigation crops 
can not be grown, and surface water can not be 
had for irrigation. Let those who remain here, 
and are able to do so, go into stock raising. Sheep 
and cattle will do well, if properly cared for. 
Millet and fodder sufficient may be grown to feed 
them for the short time that the ground is covered 
with snow. In this way the land may become 



valuable. Those who want to engage in farming 
must go East and South, or cross the Rockies and 
try the fertile valleys of Washington and Oregon, 
or California. 

Is there actual suffering among the people? aslts 
someone. Yes! but we are glad to say that the 
wants of the needy are being well supplied. Were 
it not for the help received from the East, many 
would suffer greatly. 

At one place we were directed to the home of a 
family in need. Knocking at the door a feeble 
voice said, " Come in." Opening the door we 
entered a poorly-furnished room, the only one in 
the shanty. In one corner stood a bedstead on 
which a sick man lay. He was entirely alone. 
About the room were evidences of pinching pov- 
erty. Not even the bare necessities of life were 
to be seen. We spoke to the sick man. He had 
seen better days, but adversity had fallen upon his 
home. Sickness came and poverty increased, the 
wife and mother died, leaving his home desolate. 
His own sickness prevented him from working, 
and he was left destitute. The only child, a boy, 
was out, trying to get something to eat. We said 
to him: "You must suffer a great deal. "Yes," 
was the reply, "but the Lord knows it all. It 
may be for my good. I still trust in Christ." . If 
those who gave could have seen that home, and 
then witnessed the gratitude, and seen the joy 
manifested, wdien the common necessities of life 
were provided, they would have felt in their hearts 
the truth of the words of Holy Writ: " It is more 
blessed to give than to receive." 

' On our Western trip we stopped for a short 
time at Sidney, Nebr. Here we met Bro. O. D. 
Lyon, at one time mailing clerk in our office at 
Mt. Morris. Two miles south of Sidney is the 
Grand Prairie church. There are about forty 
members living here, with brethren Lyon and 
Brower as ministers. After getting out of the 
valley, in which Sidney is built, there is a fine- 
looking country. Indeed, the lay of the laud and 
the quality of the soil would lead any one to be- 
lieve, that with a sufficient quantity of rainfall, 
this would be a rich agricultural district, but the 
rain don't come. Three continuous crop failures 
have left many of the homesteaders and purchasers 
of railroad laud in straitened circumstances, and 
some inust have help or they will suffer. We 
held two meetings in the Grand Prairio church in 
their comfortable house of worship, and enjoyed 
meeting a number of brethren and sisters whe 
we had known in the East. At the conclusion 
the morning service the church appointed brethr 
O. D. Lyon, Silas Harter and J. D. Brubaker to 
take charge of, and distribute, the funds to those 
who are in need. Some are encouraged by the 
heavy snowfall here this winter, to hope for a 
good crop next year, but they must be supplied 
with corn, oats and wheat for seed. The brethren 
will use the money judiciously. Those having im- 
mediate necessity will be supplied as far as pos> 
sible, and seed-grain will bo jmrchased and dis- 
tributed among those who are not able to purchase 

From Sidney our best route to reach Western 
Kansas was via Cheyenne in AVyomiug, and 
Denver, Colorado. We spent a day in Denver, 
waiting for a train to take us into Kansas. The 
city has had a wonderful growth since our first 

visit here in 1877. Being so near our Brethren 
at Longmont, Colo., we had a strong desire to 
visit them, but the work in hand seemed pressing 
and urgent, and we had to forego the pleasure. 
» * * 
On the train, in Western Nebraska, we fell into 
conversation with a very pleasant, elderly gentle- 
man. He was a Norwegian by birth, but had 
lived many years in this country. The conversa- 
tion was turned upon Christianity. He was a 
communicant of the State Church of Norway 
(Lutheran). In our talk we gave him, in answer 
to a very courteous inquiry, a brief outline of the 
faith and practice of the Brethren church. He 

i very marked attention to all we had to say on 
the subject, and then said in substance: I like your 
doctrine; it is Scriptural. Your baptism is all 
ht, but we think sprinkling will do, and that 
the Lord will accept it as valid baptism. Feet- 
washing was evidently practiced by Christ, and he 
told his disciples that they ought to wash one 
another's feet, but we think that if we have the 
spirit of humility it will be accepted, whether we 
wash feet or not. Wo replied that this might be 

but in the position taken there was an element 
of doubt. We prefer to stand on sure ground, by 
following the example and the commandments of 
our Master. We felt, that to do as he commanded 

'as absolutely safe, while to pursue the other 
course left us in doubt, as to our acceptance with 

. But if we, from the heart, obey the form of 
doctrine to whioh we have been delivered, we 
shall be safe. Here the conversation closed. 

Reflecting on what had been said, afterward, we 
wondered why it is that so many people are will- 
ing to take chances as to obeying God's Word. 
A plain command is given, and they say, "Yes 
Christ said that we should do that, but then we 
think he will not require us to answer if we do not 
obey it." They seem to be honest, too, in their 
opinions. The query with us is, " If the Lord 
didn't want his followers to do these things, why 
did he leave them on record?" We believe he 
wants us to obey him in all things, and in that 
line only there is absolute safety. 

Quinter, Kansas, via Cheyenne, Wyoming and 
Denver, Colo., was our next stopping place. Here 
we met a number of our members, and the follow- 
ing committee was appointed to take charge of 
and distribute funds: Eld. John Eikenberry, Eld. 
B. B. Whitmer and Bro. J. B. Spurgeon. Help is 
needed in Thomas, Sherman, Philipps, Norton and 
Cheyenne Counties. In each of these Counties 
there are organized churches of the Brethren, and 
distribution will be made through these organi- 
zations. Bro. B. B. Whitmer started at once for 
the destitute localities, and brethren Eikenberry 
and Spurgeon will look after the needy ones nearer 
home. The plan of appointing responsible breth- 
ren to take charge of the work of distributing the 
funds, meets with very general approval. These 
brethren go into the districts that are reported to 
be in need, and see to it that the money is prop- 
erly used. 

At McPherson, Kansas, we were fortunate 
enough to find representatives from some fourteen 
churches attending the Bible School in session at 
that place. A meeting of the brethren was 
called, and Eld. Enoch Eby, and brethren W. A. 
Rose and A. F. Miller, all of Booth, Kansas, were 

appointed to take charge of, and see to, the distri- 
bution of money in South-western Kansas. This 
closed our work, so far as Nebraska aud Kansas 
is concerned. The matter of distribution in Da- 
kota will be arranged as soon as it is possible to 
attend to it. On our trip we traveled about 3,000 
miles. Wo arranged with the various railroads by 
advertising for them in the Messenger, so that 
we poid out no money for railway fare, except from 
McPherson to Hutchinson, a distance of twenty- 
eight miles. Thus the money donated has been 
placed in the hands of responsible brethren with 
but little expense, and these brethren will see to 
it that it goes into the hands of the needy. 


We are constantly in receipt of letters inquir- 
ing as to the best works on the Evidences of 
Christianity. These inquiries grew out of the fact 
that we are compelled to meet infidelity to-day on 
almost every hand, and the fact that inquiries of 
this kind are being made by many of our minis- 
ters, shows that they are anxious to inform them- 
selves fully ou the grounds of Christian Evi- 
dences so that they may be amply prepared to 
meet the objections urged by unbelievers against 
the Bible. 

Recently, in connection with the Bible Term at 
this place, we gave the subject a careful research, 
and examined a number of books, which we found 
to be very helpful iu our work. We herewith 
submit a list of these works for the benefit of 
those who desire to prepare themselves fully on 
this important subject. We give the books in the 
order in which they appear to us to be the most 
valuable fpr the use of our ministers. 

1. Paley'a Evidences of Christianity, new 

edition, $1 25 

2. Nelson on Iufidelity, 75 

3. Manual of Christian Evidences, 75 

4. Many Infallible Proofs, .' 1 25 

5. Divine Demonstration, 1 50 

6. The Bible in the Nineteenth Century, 40 

7. Grounds of Theistic and Christian Belief, 2 50 
The last book named in the list is, in some re- 
spects, the best in the list, and those, who have 
had advantages of considerable study, wdl find it 
invaluable. For those who have not given the 
subject much attention, the books as they occur in 
the list, will be found to be most helpful. The 
figures attached are the publishers' prices, and 
they can be supplied from this office, postage pre- 
paid, at the above-named cost. Special terms will 
be made to ministers, who desire to secure the en- 
tire list of books. Write for special terms. 


At a meeting at McPherson, Kansas, there 
were present elders and members representing 
thirteen churches in Kansas. By their unanimous 
voice Eld. Enoch Eby, brethren W. A. Rose and 
A. F. Miller, all of Booth, Kans., were choseu a 
relief committee, into whose care Bro. D. L. 
Miller (who is, by the Northern District of Illi- 
nois, sent West to distribute relief to Western suf- 
ferers) committed some means for distribution to 
the needy in South-western Kansas. It was also 
the unanimous sentiment of the above meeting, 
that any money, raised for the above-named pur- 
pose, should be sent to Brethren's Publishing 
Co., Mt. Morris, 111., and distributed through the 
systematized arrangement, set on foot by the 
Northern District of Illinois. 

Daniel Yanimax Sec. 


Feb. 10, 1891. 

Missionary and Tract Work Department 

"For i( tlicr.- hz 
n Inilk. ami nut 

Organization of Missionary Gommittcc. 

Daniel Van 
Galen B. Ro 

Organization of Book and Tract Work. 

S. W. Hoover, Foreman, 
S. Bock, Secretary and Treas 

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on New York c 

Meeting, tli 


,■ lor Tract Work sbould be sen 
y be sent by Money Ordi r, Regisl 

When burdened with the 
over anxious lot- gain 
forget, "Are we livin 
happy when we die?" 
said, " When the hot 

of this life, or 
i this world, we too often 

n life that will make us 
Sir Walter Scott has well 

of trouble comes to the 




Dear brethren and sisters, let our motto for 
this year be, "One cent or mora laid by every 
week for the Lord's work." 

To my mind, one of the strongest arguments in 
favor of missionary work is, 'Tor God so loved 
the world that lie gave his only begotten Son that 
whosoever believeth on him should have 
ing life." 

"We are glad to note the improvement made in 
the Brethren's Almanac for 1891. Outside of it 
being a good almanac, and having, as near as pos- 
sible, a complete list of our ministers, the article, 
headed " The Brethren or 'JJunkards,'" is worth 
many times the cost of the book. This is so, be- 
cause it sets forth, in clear and simple language. 
both a brief history of the Church of the Brethren 
and an explanation of her doctrines. From this 
stand-point it serves as a tract setting forth that 
which, if I am correctly informed, is not found in 
any other of our church publications. 

The Almanac for 1891, issued by the A it ric m 
Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missi i 
one full of interesting facts and valuable i - 
tion. Besides giving general information about 
all the mission fields of the world and the differ- 
ent Home and Foreign Missionary Societies, it 
gives many good illustrations of Bible Lands, and 
startling facts concerning heathen countries. In 
the table giving statistics of Foreign y,, 
Societies of the United Kittles 1 L889-90 
Brethren's church finds a place. By comparison 

mind or the body, or when the hour of death 
comes, that comes to high and low, then it is not 
"toil we have done for ourselves, but what we 
have done for others, that we thiuk on most pleas- 

How trite! How little the things we labored 
for and hoarded up in this world, concern us 
when death is near, and with what a degree of joy 
we dwell upon our good deeds! Only one regret, 
"Had I just done more of them," is heard 

' We sometimes hear missionary enthusiasts la- 
ment because the church is so indifferent to mis- 
sionary work— is so loath to give of her means 
to the spreading of the Gospel. Yet wheu we 
look at it properly, there is a reason for it. As 
the minister preaches, in a large measure 'will his 

1 gation act. He is the shepherd; the sheep 

know his voice and follow him. If he says noth- 
ing about the duty and importance of helping to 
spread the Gospel— few, if any of his flock, will 
help. If he teaches that the " earth is the Lord's 
an i the tidiness thereof," and then is one of the 
most itlf ml to give, the individual members of 

'''; gregation will be interested and active in 

mission work. While through the medium of the 
on ss, many may be led to see their duty in this 
direction, there will not be that coucert of action 
that many desire to see all over the Brotherhood, 
until our ministers teach and preach and 
ample that wo arc only stewards and not sole 
ow) ts of what we possess; that the great busi- 
"<■- of i .".h Christian in this world is not to sit 
id selfishly enjoy Christ, (if that be pos- 
sible) but to carry him to those who know him not; 
I that we must obey all of Christ's commands, 
th ■ [asi ono, "Go ye into all the world," etc., as 
til as the first ones that came to us, "Believe 
repent, and be baptized." When a due portion of 
such preaching is proclaimed from every one of 
r pulpits, the Mission Board will have conse- 
ited laborers and means enough to prosecute 
this great work properly. Let us take thought of 
this, my brother minister, and do our duty in this 
ictiou, is my earnest prayer. 




n MePherson College Chapel, by Eld. Dan! 
and sy.topticnlly reported by Eld. John Forney, 

" I know thy works." — Rev. 3: S. 

Is every epistle the Lord Jesus says, " I know 
thy works." That repeated expression is very 
striking. The Lord Jesus says to one, "I know 
thy labor and patience; " to another, "Thy tribu- 
lation and poverty;" to a third, "Thy charity aud 
service and faith," but to all he uses the words, 
"I know thy works.". It is not, "I know thy pro- 

iession, thy desires, thy resolutions," but "I know ^ , LECTURES ON MISSION WORK 

thy works." 

Header, the works of a professed Christian are 
if great importance. They can uot save our souls, 
they can not justify us, they can uot wipe out our 

mone^or'ft £ " ^ZZZ &&£ thty^Tf Z£j? Sfj! 

^ the t r bet ■"* i --''--'-: "in" 1 j ; :;;::; : :;: ttrT&SFz 

during the vear. .. , *. eT1Qeace ot "-?s «™h. If 1 01 rue unnsnan religion is not only authorized 

ier show in a missio , , , \, J £ ' ^ 1 , U ■'" /" ™\ <? 01 ° 'if ^ ^ '"* hori * '* h ™™ « nd " ™ A U is ™ stai '«J 

of souls aud a better stowing in Go, '1 |,„ , f , ""' J ™ 8S 2: 2L Somber, it by the power of him who is the Creator and up- 

aceonnts! " " *™ ls ./ . vl and me nothing to profess we know holder of all things, by him for whom are all 

Uuu, it, in our works, we deny. Remember the things, and in whom all things consist. The 

words of the Lord Jesus: "Every tree is known 
by its fruit." Luke 6: 44. 

Again Christ said, "Go therefore and teach all 
uations." You and I may say, "We are not able." 
Remember the two mites cast into the treasury. 
Should not we put our mites together and send 
'the good news far and near ? Whatever the works 
of a professing Christian may be, Jesus says, " I 
know them." His eyes are in every place, behold- 
ing the evil and the good. We never spoke a 
word no, uot even a whisper, but Jesus heard it. 
We never wrote a letter, even to our dearest 
friutl, but Jesus read it. Even the most secret 
thought is familiar to him. All things are open 
aud mauifest before him. He says to every one, 
"I know thy works." 

If this be true, we should be very careful how 
we use our talents, and the goods that are en- 
trusted to us,— the gold aud silver. The Lord 
Jesus knows the works of all. They are not for- 
gotten in heaven, though they may be upon earth. 
When the great white throne is set and the books 
are opened, the dead will be judged according to 
their works. The Lord Jesus knows the works of 
his own people and weighs them. He knows the 
why and wherefore of the deeds of all believers; 
he sees their motives in every step they take. 

Ah, reader not a few things are done by be- 
lievers which seem very good to you and me, but 
rated very low by Christ! The Lord Jesus 
knows the works of all his own people and will 
day reward them. He never overlooks a kind 
d or a kind deed done in his name. He will 
1 the least act of faith and declare it before the 
world in the day of his appearing. 

Reader, if you love the Lord Jesus and follow 
him, you may be sure that your work and labors 
shall not be in vain in the Lord. The works of 
those that die in the Lord shall follow them, be- 
cause they are done in love. "He that loveth 
God, loveth his brother also," and will show him 
that, he loves him by letting his light so shine be- 
fore him, aud presenting him with the Truth, as 
it is in Jesus, in the form of tracts or the Bible 

Eemember that, as it is stated in the parable 
of the pounds, every man shall receive his own re- 
ward according to his own labor. Jesus said, "I 
know thy works." What a solemn warning! 

Our Heavenly Father finds pleasure in our 
poor, feeble efforts. He approves of our efforts 
in publishing periodicals, books and Bibles, and 
of our preaching and teaching the Gospel. Let 
all believers take comfort in the promises of the 
Lord, and while we realize- that the Lord knows 
all our works, let us look within and calmly con- 
sider which objects chiefly occupy our thoughts 
and engage our desires. Are they things of earth 
or things of heaven and the salvation of men? 
What do we most value? Think of it, Jesus says, 
I know thy works." 
National Military Home, Ohio. 

This interesting and important subject was 
treated under the seven following heads: 

Authority for Missionary Work.— It was 
shown that missionary work for the propagation 
of the Christian religion is not only authorized, 

Feb. 10, 1891. 


is pre-erni- 

words, "Go iuto all the world and preach tin 
Gospel to every creature, teach all nations," etc. 
contain the Master's orders for his entire army 
for all time to come, accompanied by the never 
failing promise, "Lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world." 

2. 'The History of Missionary Work.— Under 
this head it was shown that the history of mis- 
sionary work may be traced farther than the con- 
fines of earth. The first missionary society was 
organized in heaven. It is composed of Father, 
Son and Holy Ghost. One of their number was 
sent as a missionary. Ho laid his plans broad 
and deep. The place, to begin operations, having 
been determined, ho chose his own helpers, kept 
them with him for three and one-half years, under 
his own immediate instruction. After this three 
and a half years' term of training, he left the 
work in their care, returned to the Father, and 
sent the Holy Spirit to the field, to comfort and 
help carry forward the work through all coming 

3. The Missionaries of the Past. — A missionary 
is one sent to propagate religion. The first and 
greatest of all missionaries for the propagation of 
the Christian religion is Jesus of Nazareth, sent 
from another world to this. He was sent by the 
Father with authority to send others. "As my 
Father hath sent me, even so send I you." John 
20: 21. 

Thus sent, they went, and faithful workers are 
still being sent. Many of their names were men- 
tioned and their work explained. 

4. The Gospel System of Missionary Work.— 
The speaker showed that the 
nently a book of principles, 
system that accomplishes the object, required by 
the Commander, is a Gospel system, and the sys- 
tem which does the most and best work, in the 
particular part of the great field among the peo- 
ple and amid the surroundings where the work is 
to he done, is as good as any. Over two hundred 
missionary societies, for the propagation of the 
Christian religion, are now in active operation, 
varying in detail, but having the same end in 
view. Here the Brethren's system was illustrated 
on the blackboard, by a large tree, representing 
the general Brotherhood. A mark on the trunk 
near the roots of the tree represented the General 
Church Erection and Missionary Committee. 
The thirty-two large limbs of the tree each repre- 
sented a State District with its Church Erection 
and Missionary Committee marked near the junc- 
tion of tho branch with the trunk of the tree. 
The branches on the large limbs represented the 
churches of the districts. Thus was the entire 
missionary work of the Brotherhood shown to be 
all one system. Many suggestions were offered 
for enlarging the tree, until the limbs and the 
branches thereof should reach every country ou 
the globe. 

5. The Relation of the Church to Missionary 
IVorkT— This was shown to be the same as the re- 
lation of the branches to the vine, — the members 
of tho natural body to the body, and the natural 
body to the head of the body, which is Christ. 
As the head directs, so each member should per- 
form the part for which he is adapted, and thus 
carry forward the work designed and ordered by 
the Head, which is Christ. 

B. The Qualification for Missionaries.— It was 
shown under this head that the supreme qualifica- 
tion, tho bottom foundation of all, is love. The 
three great masters of Christianity are agreed up- 
on this. Paul, in 1 Cor. 13, contrasts it with the 
eloquence of tho tongues of men and of angels, 
with the gift of prophecy, with all knowledge, and 
all faith and many other desirable qualifications, 
and places it above .all. Peter says, "Above all 
things, have fervent love Among yourselves." 

id says 

ore of God in 


Johu goes still forth 
The more love then 
more there is of God, and the 
the greater our power. 

Secondary qualifications were also pointed out. 
as well as our relations to the principles, under- 
lying the possession and use of these 

7. The Present Missionary Field and I,,,,,- I., 
Cultivate, it. -The most practical topic of all was 
embraced in the surveying of the eul ire field, which 
was explained to be the world. Thus there was 
brought before the mind, an idea of the amount 
of work already done by the two hundred mission- 
ary societies and the seven thousand missionaries 
and their helpers, now in heathen, or partly hea- 
then, houls. 

8. The Amduni of Work yet to he Done to ful- 
fill the Command of the Master.— Christ said, 
"Preach the Gospel to every creature," and in re- 
gard to this point, some practical suggestions 
were made, how to reach the rank and file of the 
whole army, with the teaching that will arouse 
and bring into action the hidden influence, yet 

God is love.'; Five Additions.— A very interesting meeting 
"issionary, the is now in progress in our Painter Creek house, in 
the Ludlow congregation, Ohio. Bro. J. B. Trout 
i< doing the preaching. Five have been baptized, 
so far, and thero are more applicants to-day.— 
Jesse Stutsman. 

One Baptized. —The members at Edua Mills, 
IihL. have, since Bro. Henry Frantz left there, bap- 
tized "lie more dear soul. I hope others will soon 
Eollow I'M good example. We expect Bro. Daniel 
Mohler, of Illinois, to hold a week's meetings in 
this congregation soon.— John Ii. Metzger, Ja,,. 26. 

Pleasant Meetings and Council.— The Breth- 
ren of the Tippecanoe church, Kosciusko Co., Jnd., 
held a series of meetings from Dec. 20 to Jan. 1. 
Although we had no accessions, yet we had good 
meetings, and hope that good results may follow. 
We held our quarterly council-meeting Jan. 3. 
Much business came before the meeting, but all 
was disposed of satisfactorily.— Daniel Bothenber- 
ger, Jan. 27. 

Oxe Baptized.— The. members of the Fo ur 
Mile church, Ind., enjoyed an interesting series of 

slumbering beneath the surface— the broad aud j meetings at their White Water meeting-house 

aching influence which has been set to work 
by D. L. Moody nnd other experienced workers. 
Each year these workers collect hundreds of col- 
lege students from the leading colleges of this and 
other countries, to Northfield College, Mass. 
With the help of experienced missionaries from 

beginning Dec. 25 and ending Jan. 2. The meet- 
ings were conducted by Bro. Joseph Holder, of 
Deweyville, Ohio. The Gospel was preached in 
its primitive purity. One dear sister was added to 
the fold. The brethren and sisters were encour- 
aged, and admonished to faithfulness in every 
n fields, one or more of the summer months 1 line of Christian duty.— Wm. Mc Whorter, Jan. 
spent in instructing and inspiring them with | 26. 
the knowledge aud zeal, necessary to ( 

i the 

id in heathen count 
I, sooner or later 

which many of them i 
Some of the soul-stirri 

the experienced workers above referred to, are 
annually collected and published in book form, by 
tho Fleming S. Bevell Company, Chicago, 111. 
Abilene. Kans. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 


The prayers of the church are 
ur son, who is under the hand 
suffering severely. Brethren, 
riiroue of Grace. — John Then- 

Seriously III.- 
asked in behalf of 
of affliction, aud 
remember him at I 
berry, Plum Tree, Ind., Jan. 21. 

Seven Accessions.— Bro. C. H. Holsinger com- 
menced a series of meetings in the Pleasant Hill 
church, 111., Jan. 23, and a commendable success is 
already apparent. Saints have cause to rejoice, for 
sinners are comiug home. There were seven bap- 
tized on Sunday, and more will follow. — James 
Wirt, Jan. 28. 

Six Soldiers Eon Cheist.— Bro. David Dilling, 
of Monticello, White Co., Ind., came to the Snake 
Spring church, Bedford Co., Pa., Jan. 10, and re- 
mained until Jau. 26. During that time he 
preached twenty sermons, and six dear souls were 
baptized. Bro. Dilling labored earnestly for us, 
and the church was built up. May mauy others, 
who are seriously considering the cost, decide to 
come ere it is too late! — Solomon Hershhenier. 

The Kansas City Mission.— Our meetings are 
gaining in attendance. Jan. 18 Bro. Isaac Barto, 
made'-by the | oi Iowa ' l"' enclled to a f'" 1 ' congregation. We 
have now arranged for meetings on the first and 
third Sundays of each month, at 11 A. M., and on 
the Saturday evening preceding, at 7: 30 P. M. 
The place of meeting is ou the elevated railroad 
running from the Union Depot to Chelsea Park. 
Go to the Park, then ouo nnd a half blocks to 
Chelsea Park School-house. All interested will 
please attend. Any one having friends in the city 
should inform them as to the place and time of 
services. — Isaac H. Crist. 

Interesting Meetings.— Bro. Hiram Kreigh- 
baum, of South Bend, Ind., came to the Pokagon 
church Jau. 17, and remained until the 29th, de- 
livering, in all, fourteen discourses. During this 
time he held forth the Word with power aud ear- 
nestness, so that all became interested in the 
meetings. While none made (lie good resolve, we 
hope that the future will 
our brother have not been 

Two Accessions.— Bro. Daniel Shively, of Peru, 
Iud., began meetings in the Bear Creek church, 
Ohio, on the evening of Jan. 10, and continued un- 
til the 25th. While there were no additions, we 
felt there were several who had heard the wooings 
of the Spirit. After the meetings were closed, a 
young mnu aud his wife came to the Brethren for 
admission to the church. They were asked if they 
would wait a week until the regular meetiug, but 
preferred to bo received at once. A meeting was 
therefore appointed on Monday morning, and a 
goodly number assembled. The applicants were 
gladly received, and we hope that more will follow 
who are so near the kingdom! — M. B. Wcybriijhl, 
Jan. 27. 

Ten Accessions.— Elder Levi T. Holsinger, of 
Ladoga, Ind., came to New Enterprise, Pa., to la- 
bor for the church here, Jan. 8, and remained un- 
til the 26th, preaching in all twenty-seven ser- 
mons. They seemed to be very much appreciated, 
as was evidenced by the close attention given, and 
tho increased attendance, which continued until 
the close, on the evening of Jan. 25, wheu there 
were probably nine hundred persons present. Ten 
souls were added to the church by baptism, aud 
we are glad to report a general awakening of the 
membership to a higher appreciation of their du- 
ties aud privileges. The best wishes of the church 
that the labors of here follow our dear brother to his other fields of 
May God bless j labor, and we hope he may yet be given many 

good work every.where, and may his Spirit ! years of service for the Master.— Geo. S. Myers, 
abide .with us all!- -fda Stre(py, Jan. I Jan, 27. 


Feb. 10, 1891. 

Sis Souls for the Loud. — I am at present 
holding a series of meetings in the Millmine 
church, 111. So far six have been baptized and 
others are counting the cost. — Michael Florij, 
Jan. 31. 

Four Accessions. — Eld. Andrew Hutchison 
preaches during the week each evening, at the 
College Chapel, McPherson, Kaus. Four were 
received into the church to-day. — S. Z. Sharp, 
Jan. 25. 

Prospective Meetings.— Bro. Appleman is to 
commence a series of meetings in the Paint Creek 
church, Kans., on the evening of Feb. 14. I hope 
to give a good report at the close of the meetings. 
— A. C. Numer. 

Good Meetings.— Dec. 17, ISflO, Bro. Amos 
Moomaw, of Bed Rock, Marion Co., came to Al- 
toona, Iowa, and held several meetings for us in 
our school-hoiise. We had good meetings, pleas- 
ant weather aud excellent attendance. — J. W. 

Ministerial Aid Desired. — The church at 
Bushville, Jsebr., though in a good condition, is 
much in need of ministerial help. Our elder is 
not able to do much, owing to the infirmities of 
old age, and vre hope that some one will come to 
our assistance, and aid us in the work of the Lord. 
—J. W. Reehm. 

Interesting Meetings. — Bro. John Bnrnhart 
came to the Moaut Vernon church, Jeft'erson Co., 
111., Jan. 15, and held a short series of meetings. 
Some favorable impressions were made, but, as it 
is too often the case, he went away too soon. We 
have reason to believe that if he had staid a while 
longer, much good would have resulted. — D. F. 
Eby, Jan. 28. 

Four Accessions.— Bro. Paul Wetzel preached 
for us from Jau. 14 to the evening of the 25th. 
By his labors the members were much revived 
aud four were added to the church by baptism. 
Others are counting the cost seriously. May the 
new-bom babes in Christ hold out faithful, and 
be a light to the world. — Israel Brown, Wichi- 
ta, Kans., Jan. 26. 

Instructive Bible Tehm.— Our Bible course 
at McPherson, is nearing its close. We were 
made to feel glad to see that our brethren who 
had the matter in hand, adhered so closely to the 
Bible, and brought forward such overwhelming 
proofs of the genuineness and truthfulness of the 
Blessed Book. To the writer it was a grand priv- 
ilege, to be permitted to attend such a school. 
This week I have had to deny myself the privi- 
lege of being with the class, on account of a turn 
of La Grippe. I hope now, to be out again in a 
day or two. — A. Huiriiison, Jan. 28. 

Eight Accessions.— Jan. 24, was the quarterly 
council in the Hickory Grove church, Miami 
County, Ohio. All business passed off with the 
best of feelings. It was clearly demonstrated 
what may be done for missionary work when 
Brethren go to work in earnest. Bro. Bennett 
Trout, of Springfield, Ohio, came to ub Dee. 27, 
and gave us a series of meetings at West Charles- 
ton. As an immediate result of the meetings 
eight were received by baptism, four of whom 
were between eleven and thirteen years of age. 
The saints were much encouraged. Our afflicted 
brother, Jacob Frantz, of whom we spoke in our 
last correspondence, desires the prayers of the 
church in his behalf. Soon after the loss of his 
companion he met with a sad accident, the results 
of which are slowly but Burely wearing his life 
away. He is now almost helpless. At present 
we are having meetings at the Old Grove church, 
with Bro. Hnneyman, of Gettysburg, Ohio, be- 
hind the stand.— Jamb Coppock. 

Three Accessions. — Bro. D. M. Garver came 
to the Price's Creek church, Ohio, on the evening 
of Jan. 17, and held a series of meetings until Jan. 
25. While no one made the good confession, dur- 
ing the meetings, we were made to rejoice when, 
at our quarterly council, to-day, three souls came 
forward and were baptized. At the couucil every- 
thing passed off satisfactorily. — Jos, Longanecker, 
Jan. 29. 

Two Received by Baptism. — Bro. Daniel P. 
Sliively has just closed a two weeks' series of 
meetings in the Bear Creek church, Montgomery 
Co., Ohio. At the close of the meetings, Jan. 25, 
two, — a brother and sister, — came out on the 
Lord's side, and were baptized next day. We had 
good meetings and hope that both saints and sin- 
ners have been benefited by the services. — Levi 
A. Harries, Jan. 26. 

Great Interest Aroused. — Brethren David 
Hollingei and Samuel Blocher came to the Hog- 
len church, Paulding Co., Ohio, Jan. 17, and 
preached for us until the 25th. Marked interest 
characterized the meetings. The people said that 
such strong impressions never were made upon 
them. Now, brethren, will we let the interest die 
out, or will some one come soon, to finish the 
■work, so nobly begun by our dear brethren? — G. 
M. LanU-r, Jan. 17. _ 

One on the Lord's Side. — The Brethren at 
Lewistou, Minn., have just closed a ten days' se- 
ries of meetings. We had good meetings, fine 
weather and excellent attendauce. Bro. O. J. 
Beaver, of Fredericksburgh, Iowa, did the preach- 
ing. We are much encouraged and built up. 
One was made willing to leave the world and join 
in with the people of God. Others are near the 
kingdom, and almost persuaded to become Chris- 
tians. During the meetings we raised a collection 
of S22.10 for the Western sufferers.— J". H. Wirt, 
Jan. 28. 

Meetings at a New Point. — I commenced a 
series of meetings at a new point in Harlan Coun- 
ty, Nebr., on the evening of Jan. 12, and closed on 
the eveuiug of the 23rd. We had meetings every 
evening except on Saturday and Sunday evenings, 
when I filled appointments at another plnce, thir- 
ty miles from home. The attendance was very 
small at first but the interest as well as the attend- 
ance increased. While there were no additions, 
some were made to wonder why they never heard 
the Gospel preached in that way before. I dis- 
tributed some tracts, but what the result will be, 
God only knows. One man said, "I read the 
tract, ' Why am I not a Christian?' and it hit me 
pretty hard." We need more help in the minis- 
try. Who will come and help us?— J". P. Nofzi- 

Do you still Expect to go East in the 
Spring? — In answer to the above question, I say, 
yes. That is my present purpose (if the Lord 
will). I expect to start on said trip about March 
1. I think of going via Chicago, 111., and Day- 
ton, Ohio. I expect to travel over the Baltimore 
and Ohio R R, from Chicago, and will aim to 
preach for the Brethren at .such places where they 
feel to hold meetings in the spring or before An- 
nual Meeting. I do not expect to return over the 
same road. I think of returning through Virginia 
and West Virginia. Those who may wish to have 
some meetings between this and Chicago, will 
please inform me here, before I leave home. I 
intend to go to Chicago on the Rock Island Road. 
The time of my arrival at Chicago will depend on 
the amount of work which will be called for be- 
tween this place and the City. I think of spend- 
ing a few days with the Brethren in the City, as 
circumstances may seem to indicate. — A. Hutchi- 
son, McPherson, Kans. 

The Work at Wichita, Kans.— My late series 
of meetings at Wichita commenced Jan. 15, and 
was conti nued for twelve days. The Lord 
brought fourteen souls to a knowledge of the 
Truth, of whom nine were baptized during the 
meetings; the others will be received into fellow- 
ship later on. I expect to hold a series of meet- 
ings at Kansas City aud from there to return to 
my home in Iowa. — Paul Wetzel, Jan. 28. 

Interesting Meetings. — Bro. Moses Deardorff 
came to the Indian Creek church, Iowa, to hold 
some meetings at Gravel Point. As the measles 
broke out at that place, however, we thought it 
best not to commence the meetings there, and 
Bro. Deardorff agreed to stay with us here over 
Sunday, to preach some doctrinal sermons. These 
discourses have put many minds to thinking, and 
made the church here stronger in the faith. — Thos. 
H. Higgs. 

Excellent Attention. — By the request of the 
Brethren I commenced a series of meetings Jan, 
17, at the Disciple church, east o£ Roanoke, Ind., 
where I had been holding meetings once a month 
during last summer. The twelve sermons that I 
delivered were received with excellent attention. 
The preaching was mainly of doctrinal character, 
and I hope many will be led to search the 
Scriptures to see whether "these things" be true. 
— Dorsey Hodgden. 

Members Greatly Revived. — The members of 
the Wyandot church, Wyandot Co., Ohio, com- 
menced a series of meetings Jan. 17, and contin- 
ued until the 25th. Brethren David Lytle and S. 
M. Loose conducted the meetings, and while we 
can not report any additions, yet we rejoice to say 
that all were much built up in the most holy faith. 
We also enjoyed an interesting children's meeting, 
in connection with our other meetings. At our 
annual council, preparatory to District Meeting, 
brethren Isaiah Heastand and Joseph Crumrine 
were chosen as delegates to District Meeting. 
The last-named brother was also chosen as corre- 
spondent for the Messenger. — Joseph Crumrine, 
Mexico, Ohio, Jan. 27. 


" Write what tliou seest, and send it unto the churches." 

^-Church News solicited for this Department. If you have had a 
good meeting, send a report of it, so that others may rejoice with you. 
In writing give name of church, County and State. Be brief. Notes ol 
Travel should he as short as possible. Land Advertisements are not so- 
licited lor this Department. We have an advertising page, and, if neces- 
sary, will issue supplements. 

Meeting Notes. 

On the evening of Dec. 19, I began a series of 
meetings at the Wheatville church, Preble Co., 
Ohio, and continued with increasing interest up 
to the 27th, when Bro. Joseph Longanecker, of the 
Price's Creek church, came to my aid, and labored 
faithfully for the Master's cause till New Year's 
Day. While there is no precious ingathering of 
Bheaves to reward our labors, the bread is upon 
the waters and doubtless will be "gathered after 
many days." During my four years' of constant 
service in this church, I have never seen the cause 
more prosperous than at the present time. 

Jan. 5, I left home for Cottage Grove, lnd„— 
one of the meeting points in the Four Mile church, 
just twenty miles south-west of us, and joined 
the Brethren in a protracted effort at that place. 
We had about all the advantages that we could 
desire in conducting such meetings, except a 
week's work in the dark of the moon, but the con- 
gregations were good all the while and constantly 
increased till the second Sunday evening, when 
the house was tilled to overflowing. 

I was called home to solemnize the marriage of 
Bro. Charley Showalter and sister Almeda Phlei- 

Feb. 10, 1891. 


ger. During my absence, the large crowd of eager 
listeners was richly instructed by Eld. Jacob Rife. 
Returning the following day, I continued the 
meetings with unabated interest till Wednesday 
evening, Jan. 21, closing with four accessions by 
baptism, and many others so near the Kingdom 
that I was loath to leave them. I extend many 
thanks for favors shown me while there. 

"While laboring in that field, Bra Peter Eiken- 
berry met with a painful, and what may yet prove 
a fatal accident. While among his horses in the 
barnyard, one gave him a kick in the back, which 
broke one rib, fractured another and injured one 
lung. Being seventy-four years of age, the 
shock is very severe. Eld. Daniel Brower is also 
very feeble and is fast approaching his last set- 
ting sun. A. G. Crosswhite. 

Gratis, Ohio, Jan. 26. 

Florida Notes. 

.— Eld. F. W. Dove, of East Tennessee, came 
to us Jan. 17th, and remained ten days. He com- 
menced his meetings on Saturday evening, and did 
some very acceptable preaching, but on Tuesday 
was taken with a very severe attack of the La 
Grippe, which at once put an end to his meetings. 
By our simple way of treating that disease we had 
him up and around in a few days, but he was not 
able to preach before the following Sunday, and 
then only one sermon. His sickness was quite a 
disappointment to all of us, as we had expected a 
number of very pleasant meetings. 

— The main object of Bro. Dove's visit was to 
assist in the ordination of Bro. E. J. Neher of 
Keuka, and Bro. J. C. Lahman, of Northern Il- 
linois. The latter is now spending the winter here. 
The elders of Tennessee decided in favor of Bro. 
Neher's ordination, while the elders of Northern 
Illinois wrote me that we should also have Bro. 
Lahman ordained at the" same time, for general 
missionary work. The ordination of both breth- 
ren took place Jan. 21. As Bro. Dove was too sick 
to leave the house, the ordination services were 
held at my house, in the presence of nearly forty 
members. The occasion was a very impressive one, 
and did much in the way of strengthening the 
faith of all the members. 

— Both of these brethren stand well in the 
church and also out of it, and we feel that they 
will magnify their office and do a good work for 
the Lord. Bro. Lahman's ordination for general 
church work is certainly important, for the Mis- 
sion Board is greatly in need of suitable elders for 
work in new fields. 

— Our church interest is moving along very nice- 
ly. The La Grippe has been its rounds among us, 
but in this mild climate it is of short duration. 
J. H. Moore. 

KeuJca, Flo. 

The Needs of the West. 

Everybody who "loves his neighbor as himself " 
is interested in the people who live in the destitute 
regions of the West and North-west. 

To-day we are kept in-doors on account of the 
blizzard that is raging without. It is not very se- 
vere but it is always best to be on the safe side in 
temporal and physical matters ; much more should 
we strive to be on the safe side in the spiritual and 
religious life, for our temporal and physical life is 
short at its longest period, but the spiritual knows 
no end. 

Likely some who can not be witnesses to the 
want and woe of the homesteaders, think that ex- 
aggerated stories have gone out. My real convic- 
tions are that it would be hard to exaggerate the 
true state of the people. As for clothing, so far 
as we can learn, they are fairly supplied. How- 
ever, some of the most needy have been missed. 

We have seen children running in the snow, bare- 
footed. It is rather difficult to reach all with help. 
People live far apart and some of the country is im- 
mensely rough, and many of the farmers' horses 
are so weak and poor that tbey can travel but a 
short distance in a day. We are not fairly started 
yet in the work of distributing. Places where we 
had preached before, they are so anxious to have 
meetings that we can scarcely consent to leave the 
Word and "serve tables." Bro. G. E. Whisler 
has volunteered to take part of the burden of look- 
ing after the poor. If the distributing of tempor- 
al things could be followed with Gospel truth, the 
spiritual life of the people could be much improved. 
Temporal gifts seem to inspire confidence and 
give a hold on the people's affections which can 
be gained by no other method. There is much 
anxiety among the farmers obout seed for spring 
and the condition of their horses for work. 

Some are hopeful that the State will appropriate 
some grain for seed. But if the State continues 
quarreling about the elections, she will exhaust all 
her means so that there will be nothing left for the 
poor. Why will men spend so much " for that 
which is not bread, and their time for that which 
satisfieth not." I believe God will bless us, as a 
people, for opening our hands for ill* poor. Read 
Ps. 41; Deut. 15: 11; Prov. 10:4. Examine what 
Jesus says about the poor. 

" Pride costs more than hunger, thirst and cold." 
Let the world make its show as it always did and 
will, at the Columbian Exposition in 1893 at Chica- 
go, but let us, who belong to another kingdom, not 
lay up our treasures cm earth, neither build monu- 
ments of marble, etc., but exchange earthly coin 
for heavenly by helping the poor and giving to 
the mission cause, to spread the Gospel. Help 
the kingdom of Christ in every way yon can. I 
am sure all will do so when they know they belong 
to the heavenly family. J. E. Young. 

Maywood, Nebr., Jan. 28. 

Wayside Notes. 

I met with the Brethren of the Canton church, 
Stark Co., Ohio, Jan. 11, and continued our labors 
until Jan. 20. It pleased the Divine Father tc 
give ns delightful weather and a gracious outpour 
iug of his Holy Spirit. The church worked to 
getlier in behalf of the good cause and the Lord 
made known the power of his salvation. Thirteen 
precious souls made the good confession and, we 
trust, will continue on the highway of holines s. _, 

As the writer has assisted the Canton church in 
several series of meetings, previous to this, we can 
speak of the dear ones there as a loyal band of 
warm-hearted and faithful Christian workers. 
While they have much opposition on every side, 
yet, under the loving appeals and efficient leader- 
ship of our dear, aged brother, Eld. Conrad Kah- 
ler, they are moving triumphantly onward and up- 
ward. May God abundantly reward them all for 
the kindness we received at their hands while 
among them! I. D. Parker. 

Jan. 30. 

Thanksgiving Offer. 

J. R. Gish, 8 50 

Uriah Fink, 1 00 

C. Whitney, 1 00 

Sister C. Imbler, 50 

Jno. E. Bosserman, 2 00 

D. D. Horner, 4 00 

Rachel Broadwater, 50 


Joseph Speicher, Deer Park, Md., SI 00 

W. M. Howe, 1 00 

Hatfield, Pa., 2 00 

J. M. Klepser, Martinsburg, Pa., 1 00 

John Brumbaugh, James Creek, Pa., 1 00 J 

Report of Donations. 

The following amounts I received from Jan. 1 
to Jan. 22, for the Western sufferers: 

J. E. Oiler, Pennsylvania, § 5 00 

A. Weimer, Greenville, Ohio, 5 00 

M. L. Solenberger, Beatrice, Nebr., 1 00 

J. H. Keller, Livingstone, Iowa, a neigh- 
borhood collection, 23 50 

Beaver Creek church, Md., 7 00 

Aley A. Ownby, Af ton, Iowa, 3 00 

A brother in Akron, Ind., 2 00 

Geo. Marchand, St. Mary's, Kans., 5 00 

A brother and sister, Leeton, Mo., 5 00 

Samuel Funk, Hammond, 111., 5 00 

Hannah Rosenberger, Leipsic, Ohio, 1 00 

From Lancaster, Pa., 2 50 

L. P. Keim and neighbors, Kent, Iowa, ... 10 00 
Bro. and sister J. H. Puterbaugh, Dallas 

Center, Iowa, 5 00 

J. L. Brown, Bellevue, Idaho, 1 00 

D. L. Miller, from the general collection, . 500 00 

A general collection at McLouth, Kans., . . 35 00 

We are now among the destitute, using the 
means to the best of our judgment. We take a 
receipt of every one who receives help. By this 
means wo can show where every dollar has been 
used when our work is done. 

Some may think that, because, they have only {T\ 
dollar or lif'y cents, it will not, be worth while to 
send that. We came to the little sod home of a 
widow and her daughter a few days auo, who said 
one dollar was all they had wherewith to buy. 
When that was all they did not know what they 
would do. Another was using the siftiugs of her 
meal for bread. 

Many little suras aggregate h large amount, so 
let all send what they have. J. E. Young. 

Western Sufferers. 

The following amounts for the above purpose 
have been received by me since last report: 

Amouut reported in No. 3, S1G39 81 

Naperville church, 111., 77 50 

Shannon church, Carroll Co., 111., 33 00 

Milledgeville church, Carroll Co., III.,.. . 78 50 

Cherry Grove, church, Carroll Co., 111.,. 11 00 

Silver Creek church, Ogle Co., Ill 13 75 

Rock River church, Lee Co., 111., 10 55 

West Branch church, Ogle Co., Ill 6 00 

Rock Creek church, Ogle Co., 111., 25 50 

Yellow Creek church, Stephenson Co., 111., 5 00 

Collected by J. G. Smith, Chadwick, 111., . 30 00 

A friend to the needy, Trotwood, Ohio, . . 1 00 

Pleasant Hill church, Macoupin Co., 111., 52 90 

Jacob Hendricks, Yirden, 111., 2 00 

Hatfield church, Pa., 43 50 

D. J. Kuepper, Dunkertown, Iowa 1 00 

Mrs. D. J. Knepper, Dunkertown, Iowa, 1 00 

Ida Kuepper, Dunkertown, Iowa, 50 

G. B. Kuepper, Dunkertown, Iowa, 1 00 

Susan Newson, Dunkertown, Iowa, 50 

W. J. Sprecher, 1 00 

J. B. Sprecher, 1 00 

Amos Shellabarger, Miami Couuty, Ohio, 1 00 

A sister, Crown Hill, W. Va., 5 00 

Henry Jacob, Lattasburgh, Ohio, 50 

A family at Pekin, III, 4 30 

Claar church, Blair Co., Pa., 24 00 

Geo. S. Rolands, Mountville, Pa., 5 00 

Prom a friend, Salem, Va., 20 00 

Codorns church, York Co., Pa., 25 00 

Midvale, Franklin Co., Pa., 2 00 

Total, S2122 81 

D. R, Price, 

Oregon, Til. 


Feb. 10, 1891. 

Prom the Conestoga Clim-cll, Lan- 
caster Co., Pa. 

This church is very seldom heard 
from. Though one among the oldest 
aud first-organized churches in East- 
ern Pennsylvania, it, libomany other 
churches, has had its seasons of pros- 
perity and adversity. Bro. Joseph 
Myers is our elder. He has, how- 
ever, retired from active church 
work, as he is past the eighty-fourth 
mile-stone of his earthly pilgrimage. 
Our ministering brethren are R. S. 
Reidenbach, John Grabil, Hershy 
('.mil', and Jacob Pfaute. 

Nov. 22, 1890, a protracted meet- 
ing was commenced at the Earlville 
meeting-bouse by Bro. Hirurn Gib- 
ble, who, in fourleeu sermons, labor- 
ed faithfully to declare the messagi 
of salvation. Two were added to the 
church by baptism. 

Dec. 13 another series of meetings 
was commenced at the Blue Ball meet- 
ing-house by Bro. E. "W. Stouer, who 
also preached fourteen sermons. 
One made the good resolve, while 
others are much impressed. 

Let us, dear brethren and sisters, 
often think of the covenant, made 
with God, and see how we are ful- 
filling the same. Let us not try to 
see how far we may wander away 
from God, and eugage in worldly 
affairs aud sinful pleasure, but let us 
lather endeavor to live up to the 
slan lard of the religion of Jesus 
Christ, that we may be a light to 
those outside. If there are those 
who are weak in the faith, let us en- 
deavor with the spirit of meekness 
and love to strengthen them, that we 
may all go hand in hand, and press 
toward the mark for the prize of the 
high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 
Philpp. 3: 14 

During last year seven were added 
to the church, and there is one ap- 
plicant at present. Two brethren 
have been called away, — Bro. Thomas 
filcGallager, aged eighty-three years. 
and Bro. George Seldomridge, aged 
sixty-five years. 

Dec. 27 friend John Grabil (fa- 
ther of our ministering brother, 
John Grabil ) died, aged eighty- 
eight years and one day. 

J. W. Taylor. 

cious souls confessed their sins and 
were buried wiih Chrisl in baptism to 
walk in newness of life. Our prayers 
are thai thoy may ever keep their 
backs to the sinftd world and their 
faces turned Zionward, and at lust 
secure that home, prepared for all of 
God's children. 

There is oue more applicant for 
baptism aud many others are count- 
ing the cost. May God help them 
to decide for right, before it is for- 
ever too late! 

We are isolated from the church, 
but the Brethreu preach for us the 
first Sunday of each month. 

S. A. Blessing. 

Macij, Ind. 


dence of Hie bride's parents, in Virgi 
Nebr., Dec. 31, 1S90, by Eld. Owen Pel 
Mr. A. O. Glover and sister Nannie St 

Hopkins ; 

-CI-EMMER. — At 

CL'I.I'.- In Hie bounds of 


lie lea 
and a lai 


.irele of 



jamin Leva!, deceased, 
en children, Ihe old 
the spirit world, 
row-stricken husba 


preceded tier 
in, with the 
longest about 
ten days old. Her remains were followed to 
the cemetery bj a vast concourse of sympa- 
thizing people. The funeral discourse was 
delivered by the pastor of the M. E. church, 
of Unionville circuit, assisted by the writer. 
Joseph Zoom. 
BOWER. — In the Blue Rieei church, 
Whitley Co., Ind., Jan. 19, 1891, Bro. C. A. 
Bower, aged 35 years, S months and 20 



of I 

iii:mis(,i- r.—an 

J. E. Yt 

PYLE — LOWRV. — At the home of the 
bride's parents, Jan. 6, 1S91, sister Cora E. 
Lowrv and Mr. George D. Pvle, both of 
Somerset County, Pa 


; lilt 

residence of sister H. Torp in llerrington, 
Kans., Jan. 15, 1891, by the undersigned 
Bro. N. P. J. Sondergard and sister Chris- 
line Eskildsen, both of llerrington. Both 
were formerly from Denmark. 

C. K. Zuhbiiii. 
in the Portage church, 
sister Mariah Heminger, 
nths and 10 days, 
ge family of children, 
mourn their loss. They 
the funeral. About 
1 and many great-snar 
ind. Her husband pre- 
i ago. 

Funeral services by Bro. J. C. Wit 

sisted by Bro. J. W. Reese, from R 

(latter clause,. J. P. Ki 

MILLER.— In the Brooklyn churc 

hiek Co., Iowa, Jan. o, iSot, 

braneous cron 

1, Benjam 

1 F. Miller, yc 


est child and 

only son 

of Bro. John 


sister Catbari 

e Miller, 

aged 5 yeai 

, II 

months and 1 


Little Benn 

e has go 

ie to meet h 

s fa- 

her, who preceded him 

to the Parad 

se of 

God about two 1 


Funeral servie 

es by Bro 

George Hopwood, 

of Deep River 

to a lare 

e audience. 


' What is your 




SHENCK. — In Hie Yellow Creek church 

Elkhart Co., Ind., Jan. S, 1891, Bro. Samue 

Shenck, aged 33 years, S months and 1 3 days 

The subject of this notice leaves a father 

mother, one brother and two sisters to mourr 

their loss. Bro. Samuel met with a verj 

sudden death on the morning of Jan. S 

After hitching a horse to the buggy, for hi 

parents to go to town, he went into the house 

and, after silting down, experienced a smoth 

ing sensation, and asked that the writer o 

this notice be sent for. But before I got t< 

the place, he was silent in death. Funera 

services conducted by Bro. John Metzler am 

SUENBERGER.— At Buffalo, Mo., Jan. i 

1S91, Solomon Shenberger, aged 75 years 
9 months and 15 days. 
The subject of this r 





■At the 

iS, 1S91, by A. I 
es, of Saline City, 
IarthaJ. Bcckner, 

->■> FALLEN ASLiitP-*- 


Prom. Fulton Co., Ind. 

The Httle band oi: brethren and 
anil sisters located in the south-east- 
ern part of Fulttm County, have been 

: ogl Liened, spiritually and numer- 

Jan. 10 brethren John "Wright and 
Noah Fisher came to us and preached 
nine .sermons. Jan. 17 Bro. Wright 
. called to other fields of labor, 
and Bro. Frank Fisher assisted in 
continuing the meeting until Sunday 
The meetings were well attended 

id - 1 order prevailed during all 

meetings. The Brethren "con- 
i earnestly for the faith once 
delivered ante the saints," 

WILLARD.— In the Roann church, Han 
cock Co., Ohio, Dec. 24. 1890, sister Wil 
lard, wife of Bro. Henry Willard, aged 7, 
years, 10 months and 5 days. Funeral serv- 
ices by Bro. J. C. Witmore from lleb 

TYSON.— In the Portage church, Wood Co., 
Ohio, Jan. 21, of diphtheria, Clara E 
beth Tyson, daughter of friend Daniel 

teral discours 
more and Re 
sted by the v. 

from Job 5: 26, by J. 
. Hill, of (he M. E. church, 
iter. J.P.Kr»bili,. 

■is home, in the La Porte 

Funeral sern 

ion by the 


he Ball Hill chi 

i-ch, font- 

niles so 

LaPorte City, I 


Deceased was 

111 applica 

nt for m 

n the church, ai 

d at one 1 

me dini 

lad agreed with 

Ero. Shre 

ve upon 

ie baptized, but 

vhen Ihe 

.me ca, 

This is anolhe 

sad warn 

ng to th 

' prepare to mee 

thy God 
, "Thou 

" before 
shalt d 

1890, Bro. Dan 

lotilhs and 9 da_\ 
veda devoted CI 

Zina Tys. 

days. Ft 


nil.- and . 

1 (,,,rhei 

d r,- ye 
the or 


A- an immediate result, five pre- lips), to 

of their family. .Several brothers and sisters 
have been called, with the parents, to the 
spirit world. Funeral services by Bro. John 
P. Zigler, of Broadway. 

HANGER.— At the same place, Jan. 22, 1891, 
sister Margaret Virginia Hanger, wife of 
Peter Hanger and daughter of James and 
Mary Phillips. 

She was a severe sufferer, hut bore all 
with Christian fortitude. She was sick about 
four weeks. She leaves a dear husband with 
a little infant, about four weeks old, and four 
other children by her former husband,— Bro 
John Garber. She also leaves father, mother 
■al brothers, one a miiihter (G. A. Phil 

their lo-s. Funeral s 

any ye; 
ie chin- 
ned Chri 

with dropsy of 

pared to mcel 
weeks prevfou: 
elders of the cl 
name of the I 
If they heed t 
and live devo 

RIMS— In the Portage church, Wood Co., 
Ohio, Jan. 22, 1S91, Bro. John A. Ries, 
aged 65 years, S mouths and 19 days. 

Bro. Ries united with the Brethren's 
church many years ago, since which time he 
lived a consistent, Christian life, unlil his de> 

n life for 

:ousi>tent member of 
Sept. S, 1S3S he 

jer. A few 
ailed for the 
ointed in the 



;r his 


He pro- 

fe^sed religion early in his life, and, after his 
removal to Indiana, united with the Brethren 
church, in which he remained a faithful and 
consistent member to ihe day of his death. 
He also served in the office of deacon. 

He was confined to his room for four 
months, but his disease baffled the skill of the 
physicians. Toward the close of life his suf- 
ferings were intense, but he bore them with 
Christian fortitude. 

His remains were laid to rest in the Buffalo 
Cemetery. We command to the God of all 
grace his disconsolate widow and fatherless 
children. Samuel Duncan. 

nonth and 17 days 

>rothers to mourn her death. The 
mon was preached by Bro. John 
t large and sympathizing congre- 

Huntington Co., Ind., Ja: 
Eikenberry, aged 39 yet 

the oldest so 

John and si-ter Eike 
ehle Co., Ohio, IS 
th his parents, whi 



mourning fri 
. D. Sbidlcr, 
. H. Wike. 

j little boys, a father, 
1 brothers and mat 
May God 

;is. Funeral 
sisted by the 


HOFFMAN.— In the Indian Creek congre- 
gation, Westmoreland Co., Pa., Nov. 15, 
1890, sister Sarah Hoffman, aged 57 years, 
G months and 25 days. 

Sister Hoffman was born in Somerset 
County, Pa., and was the daughter of our es- 
teemed friend John Keiin, <le; eased, and sister 
of Bro. J. J. Keim, in Salisbury. Her a mic- 
tion was lingering, but she bore all with 
Christian patience. Funeral services by the- 
undersigned In presence of a large audience,- 
D. D. Horner. 


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The Gospel Messenger. 

s Miiiijger of the Eastern House, Bo: 
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Table of Contents. 

God's Way Is 

The Prcciousi 

By Gertrude A.FIory, 

o[ Ui, 

By J. S. Molller 9 S 

The True Christian. By Lissa Frederick, 9 S 

The Comforter. By David E. Cripe, 9 S 

Evidences that God's Word is Infallible. By M R 

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Anointing the Sick. By Jesse Crosswhite 90 


Close of the Bible Session, 

Visit to Philadelphia, ~ ~ 

The Foot-lights 

The Western Sufferers, ............ ..ra± 

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Study of the most important of all books, 
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The Wo 

. Field. 

■ Landon West 

our Time. By Richard S. 


One of the pleasant events of our late Bible 
Session was its closing on Friday, Jan. 30. All 
that came, with two exceptions, remained to the 
close, when a number of very touching talks were 
made by different members of the class. All ex- 
pressed a most kindly feeling towards the work 
and the benefits received during the session, which, 
of course, gave us great pleasure, as the great 
burden of our prayers was that the work might 
prove to be a success. To this end we labored, 
and whatever success has been attained we at- 
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which all that is good comes. 

On our part, we are glad to say that all were 
excellent students, taking six classes or periods a 
day, and the lessons were well prepared, especial, 
ly when we consider that some of the members of 
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will be helpful to all Christian workers, and out- 
work is so systematized that we are enabled to do 
the greatest amount of work in the least possible 

We feel greatly encouraged iu the start we have 
made, and hope, by the blessing of God, we may 

■equest, we spent last Sunday with the 
Brethren in Philadelphia, and preached in their 
hired hall in the morning and evening. We 
were most cordially welcomed among them, and 
our visit was a pleasant one indeed. Their meet- 
ings are not largely attended, but a spirit seems 
to pervade the membership that makes them en- 

In retrospecting the life and experiences through 
which this church has passed, we see much to ad- 
mire and to call forth our sympathies. They have 
had their ups aud downs,— especially the latter — 

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really is, and we were made to wonder how many 
of our churches, that boast of their strength, 
would have passed through the fiery ordeal as 
this church did, aud have come out any better, or 
as good. No true church test can be made inde- 
pendent of surrounding circumstances. This 
church manifests a zeal for the cause that is 
worthy of admiration. They are now building a 
uew church house, which will tax their financial 
strength heavily, but determination like theirs 
knows no defeat. By the first of April they ex. 
pect to have it ready for occupancy. And if they 
an then be successful iu securing a loyal andde- 
oted minister, we prophecy a brighter day for the 
the Philadelphia church. May our good Lord so 
lead and direct. 


In theaters and operatic performances the foot- 
lights have an important relation to those who are 
placed on the stage. Before them is the audience 
to be entertained, and the tastes and desires are 
so varied and many, that no point of attraction 
must be left undeveloped. This has special refer- 
ence to the person or persons who come before 
the audience for their entertainment. The posl 
tion, the movement of every member of the body, 
the hair, the face and the apparel must all be 
faultless, so that when the foot-lights are thrown 
on, no defect will be noticeable by the exacting and 
scrutinizing eyes of the beholders. This most 
severe demand is keenly felt by all who assume 
such responsibility, because they feel that their 
reputation is at stake. They stand before an ex- 
acting world and appreciate its meaning. 
We, too, as professing Christians, stand before 

be enabled to awaken a greatly increased interest I the great audience by which we are surrounded, 

We stand before the world as followers of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. We have promised to show to 
the world a pure life, devoted to the Master's 
work. We, every day, are placed on the stage and 
the foot-lights are flashed upon us with such burn- 
ing brilliancy, that "the cloud of witnesses " be- 
hold our every action, and every movement is 
sharply scrutinized, every mistake seen. Do we 
feel that we have great responsibilities, and that 
our Christian reputation depends upon how we 
appear before the flashing foot-lights by which we 
are surrounded? Do we appreciate the grave 
responsibilities that are ours by profession? 

Is there any difference between those who play 
for the flesh, and those who play for the soul? 
The most notable of the world's artists may fail 
on the theatrical stage, — the foot-lights may re- 
veal the emptiness and sham, and the great au- 
dience may leave the place, loud in their expres- 
sions of disappointment, but where the harm, 
where the loss in such failure? Such disappoint- 
ment may be great gain instead of loss. But 
how is it with those who play for the soul? A 


Such loss would be so great that every one pro- 
fessing a discipleship to the Christ should feel 
alarmed and make every possible effort to so ap- 
pear before the world, that when the foot-lights 
are turned on, there will appear no spot, blemish 
or any such thing. We are all playing a part on 
the stage of life that makes us deeply responsible 
for all of our actions. And we, as Christians 
(above all others), should feel these responsibilities 
and so direct our steps and actions, that it may 
truly be said of us, " Their lives are the light of 
the world." 

The great trouble with us, to-day, as followers 
of Christ, is, we do not feel the weight of respon- 
sibility that is resting upon us, and the kind of 
influence wo are exerting over those around aud 
about us. Until we can feel this more, our power 
for good will be sadly deficient. God has so ar- 
ranged that the world must be saved through us. 
And this power for salvation comes down to our 
personal lives. It is a work in which we are in- 
terested as individuals. We are to be walking, 
living preachers of the plan of salvation, aud some 
lost sold may be looking to us for salvation. Have 
1 ever thought how our life will appeal- to such 
are looking when the foot-lights are thrown on? 
What will they see? Will they see in us the 
Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life' Place 
your life outside of yourself just once, and take a 
good look at it. Look at it as you are sometimes 
disposed to look at your erring brother. Look 
until you are sure you have seen yourself all over, 
and we feel sure that it will do you good and re- 
sult in good for others. 

No man or woman of the humblest sort can 
really be strong, gentle, pure and good, without 
the world being the better for it." 

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"Study to show thyself a) 


At early dawn I rose and prayed: 

"My place and portion, Lord, this day 
Appoint. O, let my soul be staid 

On thee! Hedge with thy care my way, 
That all I do may glorify 

Thy name. Beneath thy wing 
Hide me, lest Satan should draw nigh 

To bruise me with his poisoned sling." 
Still while the morning sunbeams played, 

Like blithesome children round my door, 
Sorrow had hung my way in shade, 

And tears my path bad watered o'er. 
Nature rebelled against the fate 

Of troubling griefs that thus molest; 
But when the day had grown late, 

I understood how it is best. 

t fn... 

Grief turned my he; 

And weeping blinded me to sin; 
My longing eyes were lifted higher, 

In hope of better things to win. 
This was the answer to my plea, 

Although I knew it not. His wing 
All day had kindly sheltered me 

From Satan's wiles and venomed sling. 
O, troubled soul! Look-up! Take heart! 

When gathering clouds do overhang 
Life's way. Celestial light will part 

Them soon ; and soothing strains which rang 
Like joy-bells in the happy days 

Gone by, shall be retuned when thou 
Shalt comprehend God's strange, sweet ways, 

And patience like a gem, adorns thy brow. 

—Gertrude A. Flory. 
La Poric, Iml. 



"Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious." — 
i Peter 2: 7. 

The term precious means tin object of great in- 
trinsic value, or of external beauty. 

A beautiful painting is precious to the eye, but 
has no intrinsic value. A rock of quartz may 
have no external beauty nor preciousness of sur- 
face, but intrinsically, is very precious, because of 
its value in gold. Thus Christ is precious to the 
believer, not so much from external beauty, as 
from intrinsic worth. 

1. He is Precious to us as a Savior. — Imagine 
our condition, had we no Savior. We would have 
no hope and would be without God in the world. 
The world would have sunk into midnight dark- 
ness with no Savior, no Bible, no church, no min- 
istry, no light to shine upon the dark way of sin, 
to lead us into the way of the Lord. 

Had we no Savior, men would still be worship- 
ing the work of their own hands,— idols, — gods of 
their own making, and darkness would cover the 
laud, — gross darkness the people. He saves our 
souls from the ruinous effects of sin, aud helps us 
make them pure. He fits us for eternal joys here- 
after, in the world to come. 

2. Christ is Precious as a Friend. — A true 
friend is the nearest kin we have. "He sticketh 
closer than a brother." Such a friend is Christ. 
To a friend, we unbosom our mind in the day of 
trouble. "We feel that our friend, in some way, 
can help us. He can bear part of our trouble and 
give us comfort Christ is a true friend in every 
time of need. Earthly friends, too often, when 
needed most, turn against us. They are only 
friends in our prosperity, — when we do not need 
them, but in adversity prove false. " A friend in 
need is a friend indeed." 

Such a friend is Christ. The more we need 
him, the more willing he is to help. The more we 

are forsaken by others, the nearer Christ comes to 
us. ""What a friend we have in Jesus!" The 
more we are tempted, the more he will help us. 
The weaker we feel ourselves to be, the stronger 
he becomes to us. The more we aro troubled, the 
sweeter is his friendship. The more we are for- 
saken by others, the nearer he comes to us. He 
is a true friend in time and in eternity. 

6\ Se is also Precious as a Priest.— A priest is 
one who bears the sins of others, and propitiates for 
them. The more sensibly the priest can feel the 
failings of others, the more successful will his in- 
tercession be. In this, Christ is a most merciful 
high-priest to us all. "He was tempted in all 
points as we are." "He was touched with the 
feeling of our infirmities," hence he is able to suc- 
cor all that would come to God by him. He is 
thoroughly impressed, on every side, with the 
weakness of our humanity, and his divine power 
is able and willing to help us in time of need. 

This is comforting to every believer to know 
that we have a merciful priest, who ever stands 
ready to aid us in our disappointments and sorrows 

4. He is also Very Precious as a Leader, — 
Our condition in life is such that we are continu- 
ally being led, either in the right or wrong direc- 
tion. Christ and Satan are leading the human race. 
Christ leads to glory, — Satan to shame. It ought 
to be a serious question in the* mind of each one, 
" Who is my leader?" To the believer, Christ is 
precious as a safe leader. He always leads in the 
path of peace, truth, love, temperance, patience, 
and into every good work,— on to final victory 
over the world, into the kingdom of eternal glory 

SataD, as a leader, will be overcome and de- 
stroyed, and all that were led by him, while 
Christ, as a Leader, will ever remain, leading us ou 
in tbe heavenly world to fountains of living waters. 

5. He is Exceedingly Precious as a King.— 
One of the principal duties of a king is to look 
after the condition of his subjects, and to provide 
for their happiness in every way possible. In 
this Christ has no equal. His love for hissnbjects 

is so great that he gave his life for them. 

No earthly king will condescend to a level with 

s subjects, but Christ, our King, came lower 
than the lowest of us, and acted in the capacity of 
a servant, instead of a ruler, aud ministered to his 
subjects in every way, so as to relieve their suffer- 
ings and add to their happiness, both of soul and 

No earthly king can be with his subjects always, 
hence does not know their needs at all times, but 
Christ will be with his subjects always, even unto 
the end of the world. He will supply all our 
wants, and guards us, day by day, against the 
dangers that otherwise might befall us. 

Again, no earthly king will allow any of his 
common subjects to occupy the throne with him, 
but Christ promises to all his subjects, to sit on 
the throne with him and the Father and to reign 
with him. 

How exceeding precious Christ is to the believ- 
er in every phase of human experience, as a Sav- 
ior, Friend, Priest, Leader, King, and, we might 
have added, as Physician, able to heal every mal- 
ady of the soul. May we so live as to be precious 
to him! 



We may well say that the religion, inaugurated 
by Jesus Christ, differs from all other systems, 
since it is the distinguishing glory of Christianity, 
not to rest satisfied with shallow appearances, but 
to correct the motives, and purify the hearts. 

The true Christian, who obeys the lessons of 

Scripture, nowhere more deeply feels the insuffi- 
ciency of his unassisted strength, or more earnest- 
ly prays for divine aid, than when he has exhaust- 
ed all in his power, and yet longs for something 
higher and better than he has ever known. 

He may well, indeed, watch and pray against 
the encroachments of a fierce disturbance of mind; 
which, when suffered to pass over unrestrained, is 
sure to prove ruinous to the distinguishing graces 
of the true Christian temper. 

Our passions, too often, insensibly acquire force, 
because they are continually strengthened. Al- 
most everything from without gives nutriment, and 
the growth of it within is carefully protected and 
aided by such powerful helpers as pride aud sel- 
fishness, the natural aud, perhaps, most tenacious 
inhabitants of the human heart. 

Strongly impressed that there is a necessity of 
guarding against the progress of this untruthful- 
ness, the earnest Christian thankfully exercises 
himself in the considerations suggested to him by 
the Word of God. He occupies much of his time 
in searching out and considering his own faults. 
He tries to acquire and keep a just conviction of 
his" great unworthiness; and keeps in remem- 
brance, that, whatever distinguishes him from oth- 
ers, is not properly his own, but that he is greatly 
indebted for all to the undeserved mercy of God. 

Great care should be taken that we may not es- 
timate ourselves too highly. Undeserved praise 
may of ten lead us to form a wrong conception of 
our true worth. And, yet, praises are a stimulus. 
They strengthen the growth of those qualities 
liich the Bible enjoins upon all. 

In all these things the Word of God must be 
our guide. Should we be tempted to win the fav- 
or, even of good men, let us remember that there 
is danger of being led into wrong by their influ- 
ence. The only example we ought to follow in all 
things is the one given us by Jesus Christ. Him 
we know to be true. We can find no surer and 
safer Model than him who has suffered and died to 
save sinners, and wishes his children to walk in 


We hear but, little said about the Comforter. 
The feeling seems to have spread over the people 
that they do not much need to be comforted, or if 
they do, they will look to the things of this world, 
and not to the Holy Spirit of God, for comfort. 

At the time when the Comforter first came it was 
not so. When Jesus was taken aud slain, the dis- 
ciples sorely needed a Comforter. They had trust- 
ed it were he who should have redeemed Israel. 
Sinful, smitten, abject Israel surely needed a Re- 
deemer. The disciples had hoped Jesus would es- 
tablish an earthly kingdom, grander than that over 
which Solomon ruled, thus restoring the glory of 
Ancient Israel. Earthly hopes aud human aspira- 
tions have never risen higher than they had in the 
hearts of the disciples. Jesus had explained to 
them the nature of his kingdom, and that he must 
suffer and die, and had tried to comfort them and 
prepare them for the great disappointment and sor- 
row that awaited them, but they had their plan so 
firmly settled in their minds that they would not 
understand him. He promised, when he was gone 
to send them another Comforter. While the Bride- 
groom was with them, they were not sad, and while 
the long-expected Messiah was in their midst, they 
could not realize the need of another Comforter. 

Never was sorrow more crushing, despair more 
dark than that which filled their hearts while Je- 
sus was dying upon the cross. It was as black 
and rayless as the darkness which enveloped the 
City and the Judeau hills from the sixth to the 

Feb. 17, 1891. 



ninth hour. But their despair left thein not when 
light returned. They had forsaken every earthly 
consideration; they had left their boats and their 
nets by the sea, and their seats, at the receipt of 
custom, to other men, and had followed Jeans. 

They had no oue else, to whom to go. When Je- 
sus was buried they sadly turned away to wander 
through the now empty world without him. 

After the risen Savior appeared unto them and 
explained the Scripture to them, they began to un- 
derstand the nature of his kingdom,— that it should 
be a spiritual kingdom, a kingdom in the hearts of 

When Jesus had ascended, the disciples lingered 
at Jerusalem, hopeful, until, the day of Pentecost 
was fully come, and the Holy Ghost, the Comfort- 
er, came and lighted on, and filled, each one of 
them. Jesus had promised that when the Com- 
forter came, he should abide with the disciples for- 
ever. His office was to comfort them, to testify of 
Jesus, and to guide them into all truth. The rec- 
ord of the Acts of the Apostles, and the writings of 
these holy men show how fully the Comforter per- 
formed his mission in all these respects. He was 
with them all through their earthly career, and 
comforted them, and did not forsake them in death. 
They no longer mourned that their Best Friend had 
gone to heaven,— much less were they grieved over 
their shattered earthly ambition. Their lives, too, 
were cheerful, happy lives, in spite of the enemies 
that ever beset them and the persecutions and dan 
gers they had to undergo. Their troubles and trib- 
ulations never made them gloomy and discouraged. 
Immediately after they were filled with the Holy 
Ghost, Peter,— no longer dismayed by the ques- 
tions of weak sinners,— preached a powerful ser- 
mon to the enquiring Jews, testifying of Jesus, 
and explaining to them the truths of God which 
he now fully comprehended. 

The Comforter, who was to abide forever with 
the disciples, and is as powerful to-day, to comfort, 
to encourage and to lead, as he was in the days of 
the apostles, still remains with all faithful follow- 
ers of Christ. The Holy Spirit of God is as un- 
dying, unchanging as God himself. He is as wise 
and infallible, too, and makes no mistakes. What 
the Comforter does is completely done,— well 

If we fall short of living the happy, holy lives 
which characterized the disciples and early Chris- 
tians, the fault is on our part and not on that of 
the Comforter. It shows that we do not sufficient- 
ly divest ourselves of all prejudice and self, and 
do not fully yield ourselves to the influence and 
guidance of the Holy Spirit. If we, like the Is- 
raelites, murmur at the discipline, the sameness, 
the uuhappiness of our present condition, and 
yearn for the bondage and fleshpots of Egypt, 
then our affections are not centered upon the 
proper object. Our state is sad, indeed, for the 
Comforter can not reach us. 

If, like Lot's wife, we 'cast a longing, forbidden 
look behind us, at the wicked companions and 
pleasures we have left in the doomed valley of 
Sodom, we, too, are in danger of losing the power 
that enables us to press forward. We perish by I 
the way as a monument of warning to others. 
Then we feel the need of a Comfoiter, but do not 
look to the Holy Ghost for it. 

The Holy Spirit was no comfort to Ananias 
and Sapphira, who had kept back a part and tried 
to deceive. H wo do not, in our conversion, sur- 
render everything; if we try to keep some things 
back and make some mental reservations, such as 
doing, using or wearing forbidden things, then we 
follow in the tracks of those who tried to deceive, 
and can expect no comfort from the Holy Spirit' 
—the Spirit of Truth. 

If we resign ourselves wholly to God and try to 
love, serve and obey him in all things, then his 


Spirit will comfort us. If we make any sacrifice 
for his sake, the Comforter will recompense us 
manifold, and will enable us to become bright and 
shining lights i„ (ue worM Th| , n tu sjnfal 
pleasures and amusements around us will have as 
little allurement for us as for the early Christians 
and our lives will be as complete, cheerful and 
happy as theirs. "Delight thyself also in the 
Lord, ami he shall give thee the desires of thine 
heart." Ps. 37: 4 > 

Akron, Ind. 



BY M. H. BASII011E. 

Evekv effort on the part of man to deny the 
authenticity of God's AVord has failed. All hu- 
man efforts in that direction, have been utter fail- 

One of the strongest evidences against those 
who claim that the Bible is the invention of man, 
is, that God has spoken nothing that should come 
to pass that has not, iu due time, been fulfilled. 
Everything that the prophets have predicted and 
prophesied has, and will be, literally fulfilled. 
This is one of the strongest evidences we have 
of the authenticity of God's Word. 

It would be utterly impossible for any human 
agency, or set of men, to devise something like 
the history of the Bible, — ^uch f which the 
prophets have prophesied, and lie fulfillment of 
which is recorded. The predictions of the proph- 
ets, concerning the coming of Christ, what hi; 
reign and kingdom on earth should be, how he 
should come into this world, his mission, his man- 
uer of life, his cruel treatment, how he should 
suffer and be crucified to redeem fallen humanity, 
I say again, have all been literally fulfilled. It 
would bd an impossibility, on the part of man, or 
any set of men, to devise means that would, in the 
course of over four thousand ye-irs, harmonizo and 
fulfill all these prophecies. 

This is one of the most conclusive evidences 
that God's Word is authentic. It should cause 
every mind, who tries to evade the force of God's 
Word, to pause and consider. 

The various convincing circumstances, related 
in the Bible, should incite every thinking and in- 
telligent mind to fear God and obey his Word. 
Dear friend, read God's WorcL_but do not only 
read, but meditate on what you read. Let your 
mind reach out far and wide, and your reading 
will become food for the mind and soul to feast 
upon. Look at nature, and up through nature to 
nature's God, and ask him to give you faith to 
dispel every doubt. 

Thsrs. is a possibility of man being and remain- 
ing in ignorance, because of a lack of proper in- 
formation concerning the infallibility of God and 
his Word, but I do fail to see how an intelligent 
mind, when looking at nature— the handiwork of 
God,— can have the least shadow of a doubt as to 
the authenticity of the Bible. Yes, the Holy Bi- 
ble, when carefully and prayerfully rend and stud- 
ied, portrays divine truths to the mind. It be- 
comes a mighty telescope that will bring to our | 
view the beauties of the heavenly world. It is 
manna to the hungry and weary soul ! 

0, could our limited understanding grasp the 
object and design of our creation, it would incite 
us to live a more consecrated, a more holy and 
divine life. We would be better prepared to shun 
that which is evil, aud love and obey that which is 
good. The man who has an unflinching, unwav- 
ig and abiding faith in God and his life-giv- 
Word, is happy indeed. Though trials, diffi- 
culties, troubles and sorrows cross his pathway, I 
he can, with joy, look through them all, knowing 
that the God whom he loves, fears and obeys, 

will lead him safely through by his strong arm. 
Our pathway is often crossed with sorrow and 
sadness-all because we live at too great a dis 
tance from our Heavenly Father. In nine cases 
out of ten, we are the direct cause of all our 

In taking up any book whatever, no matter on 
what subject, it soon becomes exhausted, and the 
enquiring aud searching mind seeks after other 
treasures. But take the Sacred Volume, -the 

Holy Bible,"-aiid we always find, in reading 
perusing and meditating upon its sacred pa»es 
something new. The more we read it, the strong! 
er is our appetite aud desire for reading, until our 
very soul is filled with the morsels of its sweet- 

My brethren, when we look at the greatness of 
God we must exclaim, "Too deep, too deep for 
the (mite mmd to comprehend." Well might the 
Psalmist exclaim, "What is man that thou art 

mdful of him?" Yet not one of the hairs of 

ii head shall fall to the ground, without God's 

ill. We are too ready to forget the goodness of 
God. He has created, redeemed and preserved 
us. It is our happy privilege to be his adopted 
children, and it is our Father's good pleasure to 
ive us the kingdom. 

Then let us dispel every doubt, thank God, be- 
lieve his Word, trust his grace, and finally, if we 
are faithful to our calling, we shall hear that wel- 
come plaudit, "Come up higher." 

Van Dyke, Pa. 



My attention was called to this practice among 
the Brethren, more particularly, by the reading of 
an article prepared by Bro. D. L. Miller in the al- 
manac for the current year. It is not the design 
of this article to criticise Bro. Miller's representa- 
tion of the practice of the Brethren in the admin- 
istration of this service, because I believe that 
Bro. Miller has, iu this, as also in the other sub- 
jects treated, given a very correct exposition of 
the subject, as understood aud practiced by the 
General Brotherhood. 

My object in writing this is for the purpose of 
reasoning with the brethren on the prevailing 
practice among us, and, if possible, to convince 
them that, however time-honored the present prac- 
tice may be, that does not make it any the more 

There are two points in the prevailing practice 
of the Brethren iu the performance of this service, 
iu which I think, they are at fault: 

1. In the language employed in applying the oil. 

2. In the design of the service, and the results 
to the sick. 

I shall, in the first place, proceed to discuss 
what I understand to be the promised results to 
those believing sick, who, trusting in God and in 
his promises, "call for the elders of the church," 
and have this sacred service performed for them 
I according to the directions of the apostle James. 
He says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for 
the elders of the church; and let them pray over 
him, anointing him with oil in the name of the 
Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, 
aud the Lord shall raise him up; and' if he have 
committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." 
James 5: 14, 15. 

We notice in this statement of the apostle 
James that there are several essential things nec- 
essary in the correct observance of this sacred in- 

1. A believing sick person. 

2. Faithful and believing elders. 

3. Oil for the anointing. 



Feb. 17, 1891. 

4. That the anointing must lie done in the Mine 
of the Lord. 

5. Tbnt the prayer over the sick must be an 
earnest prayer of faith. 

6. This " prayer of faith " must bo to a certain 
end, or for a certain result 

Now any one must see that if any of these es- 
sentials are wanting in the performance of the 
service, the ceremony would be a more farce, or at 
least not what is commanded in tho case, and 
hence the result of the promise would fail to be 
realized. This brings us to the consideration of 
what the result of this anoiutiug is to be. James 
says, "The prayer of faith shall save the sick.' 
If, then, it is the prayer of faith that saves the 
sick, it cau not be the anointing with the oil. The 
anointing with oil is only a menus, while the 
prayer of faith is the cause. Hence we are not at 
all surprised that so many die, who, when sick, 
call in the elders of the church and are anointed. 

In my varied experience, I have found but few 
elders of the church, who, according to my idea of 
requisite qualification, could perform this service 
to the full extent of the realization of all the bless- 
ings to be derived therefrom. 

True, I am only human, and therefore not in- 
fallible in my understaudiug of Scriptural sub- 
jects, but I am quite sure of one thing, — if the 
Scriptures mean what they say, and say what they 
mean, then the view, held by many Brethren on 
this subject is incorrect, according to my under- 

One of the points to which I wish to call special 
attention, is that contained in the words, "Save 
the sick," and "the Lord shall raise him up." 
The idea entertained by the General Brotherhood 
seems to be that this has reference to a future sal- 
vation, and to the "raising up at. the last day." 
From this view I am compelled to dissent, and for 
my reasons for so doing, I offer the following 
Scriptural reasons: 

1. While the word save, as found in the English 
translation, is the same as that found in Mark 
in connection with baptism, and may mean ei- 
ther present ot future— it is not so in the German 
translation, and which all, I believe, admit to be 
the more correct of the two. If you will take the 
pains to examine the subject of the anointing, as 
given in the German Testament, you will at once 
be struck with the difference. I will here give 
the German: 

Lcvhl Jeiiictnd "liter elicit, dcr bclc; ist Jutland gules Mttlhs, 
dcr singe Psalnien. 1st Jennind ttrank, dcr vufe tit sicli die Act- 
lesten von der Gciuciiic, and Insse lie : : !>cr -idi In tm, mid StUieU 
mil Oel in dent Namcii des Ilc.irn. did das delict des Ghat- 
bens -ijitd dim K tunic u hejfen, mid derllerr T.ird i/m attf- 
lielitcn: mid so er lint SiiiiJcit gel/tan, vterden sie Hint Tcrgebin 

Now the words wdiich I want to specially cull 
your attention to in this quotation, are helfen and 
aufrichten, and then ask all who can do so, to 
carefully examine the meaning of these words in 
every place where they occur in the Scriptures, 
and see if, by any fair interpretation, they can 
ever be made to mean future salvatiou, or a rais- 
ing up at the last day. I shall only have time in 
this to refer to a few cases as evidence of the cor- 
rectness of my position. 

First I will ask the reader to examine the case 
of the impotent man at the temple, whom Peter 
healed, as recorded in Acts 3: 7, "Und griff iltn 
bei der rechien Hand, und ricliteic ihn auf." 
Now there can be no shadow of a doubt in the 
mind of any what Peter did to this impotent man. 
All must readily admit that he raised him up from 
his prostrate condition. Then, if this be so, and 
if it be a safe rule to interpret the meaning of a 
Bentence in Scriptuie which we do not understand, 
by a similar sentence about which there can be no 
doubt, I ask, "Why not apply the rule in this 

But, in order to make the ease more certain, 
if possible. I will now call tho attention of 
tho render to one of a different meaning, where 
nr.l "raise them up" occurs in tho English. 
I would just remark that this seems to bo 
the meaning which most of the elders, with whom 
I have conversed, ascribe to James 5: 15. Ex- 
rine, if you please, John fi: 39, 10. Here Jesus 
speakmg of raising them up at tho last day. 
While the English makes no difference in this, 
and that of James 5: 15, yet you will observe that 
the German makes a very marked distinction be- 
tween the meaning of the two words and not only 
here, but throughout the entire Scriptures is this 
same difference maintained, the raising up at the 
last day always being auferweeken or auferuiecM, 
while that of the present up-raising is always 
c/i/r/c ihn niif. I shall only ask for space iu 
this article to give one more quotation from the 
German, as evidence ou this question. In Mark 
6: 13, we have it thus, " Und irieben viele Teufel 
aus, und salbeten vide Sleeken mit'Oel, und 
machten sie gesnnd. r ' 

Here it is expressly stated that the design of 
the anointing with oil was to make the sicksound, 
on as we would word it, make them well. But some 
will probably say, " Oh, this was done in apostolic 
times." Well, so it was, *nd so was baptism for 
remission of sins done in apostolic times. If we 
keep up apostolicpractices, why not expect apos- 
tolic results? 

But enough on this part of the subject for the 
present; we will give abundance of further proof 
if called on to do so, at some future time. The 
next question which engages our attention is, 
" What form of words is proper to use while admin- 
istering the oil to the sick person? " Bro. Miller 
gives the formula, as generally used by tho Breth- 
ren, in the Almanac, to which I before alluded. 
Now I do not want to be considered ultra, or of a 
disposition to quibble or find fault, but, honestly, 
I do not like the formula thus presented. My 
reasons are that I do not believe we have any 
right to make substitutes for sacred things, and I 
consider the one, as given by Bro. Miller and as 
accepted by quite a number of brethren, as being 
a substitute for the one given by the inspired 
apostle, St. James. While I give my reasons for 
objecting to the formula, as given by Bro. Miller, 
I do so with all due respect to all wdio may have 
accepted it as being Scriptural. I have said it is 
but a substitution for the one given by Inspira- 
tion and will here transcribe it, and theu also give 
that which the "text" clearly authorizes, "Thou 
art anointed in the name of the Lord, for (unto) 
the strengthening of thy faith, for (unto) the 
comforting of thy conscience, and for (unto) 
full assurance of the remission of thy sins." The 
inspired formula is, "Thou art anointed in the 
name of the Lord, that thou mayest be saved from 
thy sickness, and that tho Lord may raise thee up, 
and if thou hast committed sins, they shall be for- 
given thee." 

Now, tho reason why I believe the latter to be 
preferable to tho former, is, because it embraces 
every promise contained in the ordinance while, 
on the contrary, tho former is calculated from its 
very wording to weaken the applicant's faith in 
the realization of all the blessings promised to 
accrue to him in the performance of the ordinance, 
and I further believe that if the elders who are 
performing the service, would use the words 
which are clearly implied to be used, their faith 
also would be strengthened in their expectations of 
the realization of the blessings promised. But 
while we substitute something else in lieu of God's 
appointment, no marvel if our faith is too weak to 
realize the promises. 
Garber's Mills, Tenn. 


what Ilion S<'<_'st, ,m<\ st n.l it unto Die diiirdu's," 

{^"Church News solicited for this Department. II you have had a 
H I inuL-tiiitf, :.end ,i n.pi>rt of it, so that others m.iy rejoice with you. 

itinggive name of church, County and State. Debrief. Notes ol 
Tr.ivi I should I.m: .is short as possible. Land Advertisements are not so- 

I for this Department. Wc have an advertising page, and, if neces- 

will issue supplements. 

Wayside Gleanings. 

The winter, so far, has bei 
have had no snow, and the weather was just cold 
enough to keep fruit and vegetation from starting 
or swelling iu bud. 

the last number of the Messenger, I see 
that J. M. Martin asks the question, " Why do 
not some of the brethren preach the doctrine to 
people of the South? The people here, at Car- 
lisle, Ark., would gladly receive the Truth, aud 
good results would follow." This may cause in- 
qxtivy in the minds of some, as they know that we 
live here. We had several meetings in the Bap- 
tist church when we first came here, as they had 
esident minister then. But they soon ob- 
tained ono and we had no more calls to preach in 
their church houses, so we had no more meetings 
the town. But iu the vicinity around, we had 
jular meetings and still have. There might be 
some good done if the Brethren had a house of 
worship in Carlisle, but it would require those 
who claim to be members, to live up to the doc- 
trine of Jesus. 

I have thought much about the Hymn and 
Tune Book, whether it will be expedient or not to 
revise it. The cost, connected therewith, necessi- 
tating the members to buy a new book, probably 
is the greatest objection to the revision. There is 
no doubt but that wo could easily dispense with a 
number of hymns that are seldom, if ever used, 
and also the duplicate tunes and a number of 
tuues that are seldom, or never, used. Then there 
are some excellent hymns and tunes that might be 
added, which would greatly improve our Hymn 
and Tune Book, and would be a great help in new 
fields, aud where the membership is not large. 

I can not see or conceive of any reason why any 
church should be the worse off for having three, 
four or five elders, if they properly work together. 
They should, at all times and at every council- 
meeting, have a proper understanding who is to 
he foreman. One may be at ono meeting and an- 
other at the next meeting, or one preside on one 
case and another upon a different case. They can 
easily ascertain who is to preside by casting bal- 
lots among themselves, or by leaving it to the 
church, and that would be an advantage to the 
church over other churches having but one or two 
elders, as out of so many they might select a good 
foreman. If the Districts decide matters at their 
District Meetings by tho delegate system, no 
church will have the advantage over another, on 
account of more elders or more members. 

Samuel Weimeb. 
Carlisle, Ark., Feb. 1. 

In Me mo nam. 

Eld. John Thomas was bom Jan. 28, 1826; was 
married to Susanna Sanger, May 25, 1847; was 
baptized with his wife in 1849; was called to the 
ministry in 1857. In the spring of 1862 he, with 
his family, moved to Washington County, Iowa, 
where he was ordained to the eldership, in which 
capacity he served the church faithfully until 
his death, Jan. 13, 1891. He suffered severely 
for about six months, especially during the lat- 
er part of that time, but bore all with Chris- 

Feb. 17, 1891. 



tiaii resignation. In Bro. Thomas the church has 
lost a good and wise counselor, and an able de- 
fender of the Truth. The widow has lost a true 
and loving husband, the children a kind and good 
Father, the community a worthy citizen, but all 
feel assured that their loss is his eternal gain, as 
he was one like the Apostle Paul, that could say, 
" I have fought the good fight." etc. 

His funeral was largely attended, and the serv- 
ices, by his request, were conducted from 1 Thess. 
4, latter part, by Eld. Jacob B rower, of South En- 
glish, assisted by the writer. 

John S. Snowberger. 

Notes of Travel. 

On Saturday, Dec. 27, Bro. Eisenhower and I 
boarded the train for a place in Stark Co., Ind., 
thirty miles distant, and about six miles from the 
station. As we found no one to meet us upon ar- 
rival, we started to walk to our destinatiou. After 
having traveled about three miles, we had an 
opportunity to ride the rest of the way to the 
school-house, where the meetings were to be held. 
We began preaching to a full house, and contin- 
ued our meetings for two weeks. Four dear souls 
were baptized. One applicant thought she was 
not well enough to be baptized at present. Many 
others here are near the kingdom. The people 
at this place are generally poor, but are anxious 
for preaching. The Brethren of the above vicin- 
ity will please accept our tbanks for the kindness 
we received at their hands. J. H. Sellers. 

Feb, 3. 

Chips from the Work-House. 

The special Bible Term at McPheison College. 
beginning Jan. 5 and encliug Jan. 30, was one ol 
special interest and enjoyment. Upward of eighty 
students, ranging from eighteen to seventy-five 
years of age, attended day lessons, twenty-eight of 
whom were ministers. Large, attentive audiences 
attended the lectures in College Chapel each night. 
In the day lessons the Chautauqua text books, and 
the Bible were used. Two lessons a day were 
eu by Bro. Sharp on Bible and Sunday-school 
work. Special attention was given to best meth 
ods for reading and studying the Bible, aceom 
panied by actual practice of reading the Bible 
and hymns, in public. One lesson a day was given 
by Bro. A. W. Vaniman on Evidences of Christian- 

Part of the above lessons were given on black- 
board in the form of systematized lectures. In ad- 
dition to the above we had discourses at night in 
College Chapel, the first week by Eld. Daniel Yau- 
iman, on "Missionary Work;" second week, by 
Eld. Enoch Eby, on " Church Government." The 
rest of the time we had doctrinal sermons, by Eld. 
Andrew Hutchison. 

Twenty, during the last two months, were re- 
ceived by baptism. Thus the good work goes on. 
The Lord be praised for his mercies! 

Daniel Vaniman. 

A Few Suggestions. 

In reading the Messenger I am often made to 
wonder, and these are some of the things at which 
I wonder. Why is it that we pay money for mis- 
sionary work in far-off places, when so great a 
work might be done in our adjoining Counties? 
Why is it that our church is advancing so fast 
in fashion, and retrograding so swiftly in the 
principles of true religion? 

Why is it that some of our brethren, when they 
are looking for a place to work in the vineyard, go 
to a part in which the vine is under good cultiva- 
tion, where tho fruit of honor and of the purse 
may be gathered in abundance, and where the little 

hiuderauces which do exist, can not hinder prosper- 
ty? Why not go to the place where the branches 
can only hold up n few pale leaves, above the 
weeds of popularity and fashion? Places where 
the rich ground is as yet uncultivated, are passed 
by, seemingly unnoticed. 

What is the matter? Are our brethren pattern- 
ing after Jonas, who would sit under a gourd vino 
ofease, to awaitthe future disappointment and de- 
struction of others? Here, within forty or fifty 
miles of as strong a membership as wo have, we 
have heard but two sermons by our church in 
one year, for which we thank Bro. Samuel Pe- 
trie, of the Mill Creek church. 

Are these things in accordance with Mark 10: 
15, " Go ye into all the world, and preach the gos- 
pel to every creature"? Can not such matters be 

Arc there not physicians yet, who will minister 
to those, even of other persuasions, who plead 
spiritual starvation for the want of the " True Bread 
of Life? " John H. Senger. 

From Lyons, Rice Co., Kansas. 

Our quarterly council was held Saturday, Jan. 
31, in the Kansas Centre church. All business 
passed off pleasantly, and, we trust, in the fear of 
God. Bro. I. H. Crist was with us. His presence 
we greatly enjoyed. He was with us several days 
previous to the council, during which time he gave 
us some good Gospel sermons- One was received 
by baptism. We have decided to organize our Sun- 
day-school on the first Sunday in March. Our 
earnest prayers and desires are that the blessings 
of heaven may attend our efforts, that we may lie 
able to so conduct our school that some good may 
be accomplished. Though wo greatly feel our 
weakness, we are made to believe, through the 
Word of our Blessed Master, that if we look to 
him for grace and Etrength, lie is able to sustain 
us tiiat we may all be able to do some good in the 
Master's service. 

We, in this part of Kansas have a great miny 
blessings to be thankful for. Among them is our 
mild and pleasant winter, good health in general, 
and plenty of everything to make us comfortable 
and happy. May God's choicest blessings rest lip- 
on the well-written and timely article of. our tlear 
brother, Enoch Eby, under the heading of '-Qual- 
ifications of Ministers." We feel and. see the pop- 
ular opinion too rapidly growing in our Brother- 
hood. Sadie J. Dresner. 

A Voice from the West 

Dec. 18,1 took the train for Toder's Station in 
Reno County, where I arrived the next day and be- 
gan a series of meetings in the evening, at the 
Yansickle school-house, about eighteen miles south- 
east of Hutchinson. I continued the meetings 
till Dec. 30, and preached fifteen sermons to crowd- 
ed houses, with the best of order. Much interest 
was manifested in the doctrine of the Brethren. 

Ono was baptized. Others expressed themselves 
as being satisfied that we were right, but, like a 
Felix of old, are waiting for a more convenient 

Our next point was the Pleasant Yiew church, 
whore meetings were appointed for Wednesday 
night, but, owing to rain and a snow-storm, we 
had no meetings till Friday night. Then the roads 
were so blockaded with snow-drifts, that but few 

We continued hero til I Jan. 5. The proposed Old 
Folks' home is located within about half a mile of 
the Pleasant View meeting-house, and is beautiful- 
ly situated on an elevation, commanding a pleas- 
ant view of the surrounding country. The Home 
certainly is a laudable enterprise, and worthy the 
substantial Bupport of the brethren and sisters. [ 

Money invested iu this home will be a living mon- 
ument of good, — blessing the poor the helpless, 
and homeless, who are tottering under the burden 
of old age, with a home, and the common blessings 
of life. More, and best, they will here have that 
sweet association of kindred spirits in the congre- 
gation of the saints, — feasting upon heavenly food 
and influences. 

Jan. 5, I went to the Salem congregation, south- 
west of Nickerson. The brethren had been hold- 
ing meetings hero about two weeks. Brethren 
Enoch Eby, of Booth, aud Frank McCune, of Iowa, 
did the preaching. I continued the meeting a week 
longer. Two came out on the Lord's side during 
the meotiugs at this place. One of them was a 
son of our lamented brother, P. J. Trostle. Our 
meetings were stopped several times on account of 
storms, but I enjoyed myself very much with the 
dear brethren and sisters iu Reno County. It was 
my first visit and labor iu this part oE the Lord's 
vineyard. God bless the brethren and sisters for 
their kindness and interest manifested in my com- 
fort. God bless the earnest efforts of his children 
every-where for good. I arrived home Jan. 15, 
and found all well. Chas. M. Yearout. 

Westphalia., Kans,, Jan. 30. 

From Pitsburgh, Ohio. 

Bro. I. Bennett Trout, of Clarke County, Ohio, 
came to us Jan. 16, to labor with us, aud for tho 
Lord, at our Painter Creek house. He continued 
his earnest and effective labors until the eveniug of 
the 30th, completely arousing the people,— not by 
telling death-bed stories and singing camp-meeting 
songs, but by holding forth the pure Word oE 
Lite, "in demonstration of the Spirit and of pow- 
er." The meetings closed on Friday eveniug with 
thirty-two additions by baptism, and ouo wander- 
er recbutned. On Saturday One more was bap- 
tized, on Sunday two more and to-day (Monday), 
two more. In all, as an immediate result, there 
were thirty-seven received by baptism and one re- 
claimed. Our membership has been greatly en~' 
couraged and many "Felixes" were left standing 
near the door. May the good angel continue "to 
trouble the waters" that many more of the afflict- 
ed may be healed! 

Our dear brother has gone to labor for a short 
time in the Upper Stillwater church. Many earn- 
est prayers go up from our congregation in his be- 
half, that he may ever be kept humble, true and 
faithful to the cause of our Redeemer! 

Jesse Stutsman. 

Feb. 2. 

From the Martin's Creek Church, 111. 

This is a lonely day. AVe have no preaching, 
as Bro. Johu Harshberger has gone to Fulton 
County for a two weeks' series of meetings. I 
have been confined to the house for a few days, 
by illness, and hence had ample opportunity of 
reading the Messenger. Among other good 
things I uotice the necounts of the many protract- 
ed meetings being held all over these United 
States. For this I feel glad, but when I look at 
Southern Illinois, and especially the Martin's 
Creek congregation, I am saddened. Fifteen long 
years ago about six members of the church moved 
from Virginia to this place, and so lived, without 
church privileges, up to the time mentioned be- 
fore, when relief came to us. It was just in time 
to save a few stray sheep from being lost. Since 
we got relief we feel thankful, and yet we hope 
that more aid may be given us, that souls might 
be gathered into the fold of Christ. 

Iu my letter of Jan. 10 I said " Jeffersonville 
church," when it should have been "Martin's 
Creek." John Mauck. 

Jeffersonwlle, HI, Feb. 1. 


Feb. 17, 1891. 

From Garrison, Iowa. 

Jan. 25 we closed a very interesting series of 
meetings, conducted by Eld. J. A. Murray, of Wa- 
terloo, Iowa. The song service, conducted by 
Bro. Samuel Fike, of South Waterloo, nlso added 
much to the interest of our meeting. We wish 
the Brethren could have continued longer with us. 
We felt that it was a time of Boed-sowing and we 
hope to see a bountiful harvest ere long. 

During our meetings we raised $ ( JG for the 
Western sufferers. Our brethren and sisters, near 
Shellsburg, are enjoying a series of meetings, eon- 
ducted by Bro. James Thomas, of Ames, Iowa. 
May the Lord bless their efforts! 

Bro. George Aschenbreuuer is seriously ill with 
lung trouble, but at this writing has somewhat im- 
proved, so that we are hopeful of his recovery. 
Lizzie Johnson. 

if God would give you all you ask for, it would 
n..t be for your good. Best assured, my brother, 
that the Lord will uot withhold anything from 
you, that is for your good. There is a possibility 
that if you possessed all the desired attainments, 
you might become presumptuous. David found it 
w cessary to ask God to keep him from presumpt- 
uous sins. Excuse me for my plainness of speech, 
for my address is to myself as well as to you, and 
I pray God that the few suggestions I have given, 

An Open Letter. 

may be the means of uot 
agement, but others also, 
the same difficulties. 

Firmly hold the part 
church, and do not allow 
thought of resigning you 
never, until tl 
come up high 

ing you encour- 
' struggling with 

My dear Brother and Fellow-Laborer :— 

Youit experience, with the suggestions of 
your mind, is very similar to that which I passed 
through, and is only such as we all have, more or 
less, passod through. The reasons you assigu for 
becoming discouraged are not sufficient to carry 
you into that state, having, as you have stated, the 
Lord aud the wife upon your side — two most pow- 
erful levers, — which, if properly utilized, will en- 
able you to succeed in defiance of all the com- 
bined forces of the enemy. 

You have no desire to be classed with the dys- 
peptics, but from the tone of your letter, I discov- 
er strong symptoms, and it has beeu, thus far, 
brought ou by common causes. 

You have used too much strong meat, and have 
not properly digested it, and, perhaps, you have 
aimed to reach the stature of an Apollos in one 
great leap, forgetting that we can only get there 
by the rule of addition, onward, upward, step by 
step. This will advance us to the full stature of 
manhood iu Christ Jesus. 

You also stated in your letter, that you absent 
yourself from the public worship of God's house, 
fearing that you may be asked to preach. This 
feature of the case 1 very much dislike, aud the 
spirit, that prompts you to absent yourself from 
services, may prove to be your most successful en- 
emy. I advise you, tight it as an enemy, with all 
your powers and might. If there is any one wdio 
has more and greater enemies than others, it is 
the minister of the Gospel, called forth to preach 
God's Word Marvel not, my brother, because 
yon have the enemy to beat back. With renewed 
energies resolve that, with the co-operation of the 
Lord, and help of a faithful and untiring compan- 
ion, you will overcome the difficulties aud faith- 
fully accomplish all things. Do not attempt to 
turn the world upside down, but do the work as- 
signed you by the Master. 

Your letter reminded me of the clays of my boy- 
hood, when I failed to cope with those in the 
class, who, by reason of time and study, were more 
advanced. I would occasionally resolve to absent 
myself from the school-room, failing, at the time, 
to realize that in the act I was losing that, which 
required of me a double effort to regain. Every 
time you absent yourself from services wdieu it is 
possible for you to be there — you will suffer loss, 
which may cost cries and tears to regain. I fully 
realize the responsibilities that thickly gatht 
around you in your calling, and should they be- 
come to you a burden, cry mightily to the Lord, 
and he will come down and place himself under 
you and the burden, and bear you up on eagle'i 

You say you have prayed to God to give you abil- 
ity, etc., and he has failed to answer. Perhaps, 

issigued to you by the 
yourself to cherish the 
office. Stop, never, no 

Master declares, "It is enough! 

" Bemember the grand old cho- 

" We'll work till Jesus comes 
And we'll be gathered home." 

Your Brother in Christ, 

D. E. Stouffer. 
Benevola, Md., Jan. 24th, 1801. 

_ From Esterly, La, 

Many dear brethren aud sisters have written me 
ns regards our home in the " Sunuy South " and 
as I have not the time to answer all personally, I 
will give a short answer through the Messenger. 
We have lived in Louisiana nearly three years 
aud came here from Kansas. There are ten mem- 
bers living here. We like the country well. Our 
products are rice, cane, cotton, sweet and Irish po- 
tatoes, corn and oats. All kinds of vegetables do 
well. Fruit of all kinds may be raised in abun- 
dance. Our soil is alluvial, and capable of high 
culture. All kinds of wild grass grows in profu- 

We have no stone or sand, but have excellent 
lumber, aud in abundance, and to a Kansas man 
prices seem low. We have a mild climate, 
summer the average is from 75 to 85 degrees, the 
hottest days not exceeding 100 degrees. In 
ter the temperature varies from 55 to C5 degrees 
above zero. 

As regards health, we can say that we have been 
as healthy hero as in the north. A great many 
who were invalids when they camo here have be- 
come healthy. Asthma, catarrh and rheumatism 
often are entirely cured. Land is worth from 
S5.00 to S150 per acre. 

As regards the prospects for building up a 
church here, we have great hopes that ere long 
e shall be able to organize, for if all come that 
have expressed themselves, we soon can have a 
good-sized congregation. The people here are 
anxious that the Truth be preached. We have 
distributed the Messengeii and tracts in all direc- 
tions. We think the way is opened for the 
preaching of the doctrine of the Master and as 
the Mission Board has decided to locate a minis- 
ter in our midst, we hope for much. 

We here express our thanks to the one who 
sent us a package of tracts. Others who have any 
tracts that they wish to have distributed 
please send them to me and we will try to place 
them where they will be read. 

Those who contemplate moving South had bet- 
tor come and see before bringing their family. 
We will try to entertain you i 
show you around. We are nc 
but are desirous of having a 
the association of the Breth 
much iu that direction as is lawful. 

We will try to give whatever information 
c:tn to those wdio write, but shall expect each o 
to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. 
Simon Sutteb 

From the Kansas Center Church, Kans. 

Jan. 28, Bro. Isaac H. Crist came to us, on his 
ly homeward from Barton County where he had 
en laboring. He remained with us until Feb. 
1, and preached in our new church-house with 
good interest. The last discourse was preached 
at a funeral occasion, when the eight-year old 
child of Bro. H. T. Brubaker was laid to rest. 
Such occasions are always attended with sadness, 
yet we may feel consoled when the departed ones 
prepared for the change. We think many 
lasting impressions were made upon that occasion. 
Especially was this manifested, wdien, at the close, 
one young man applied for admission into the 
church, and was received by baptism the same 
day. Jan. 31 was our council-meeting, and a 
pleasant one it was, because charity was the rul- 
motive of all. Oh, how often is this Christian 
grace lacking! Then discord and confusion is 
the result. Our church chose Eld. Jonathan Bru- 
baker as delegate to District Meeting; also decided 
to begin a Sunday-school March 1, at the church, 
with Bro. H. T. Brubaker ns Superintendent and 
J. P. Yaniman, Assistant. Isaac S. Brubaker. 
Mitchell, Bice Co., Kans. 

best we can and 
real estate agents, 
church home, and 
m, and will do as 

From Libertyville, Iowa. 

On Sunday, Jan. 25, as the Brethren and 
friends were assembling at the Libertyville 
church, Jefferson County, Bro. S. M. Goughenour, 
made his appearance among us and conducted a 
series of meetings during the week, holding forth 
the Word with power. During the meetings two 
dear young people came forward, to be identified 
with the people of God. 

On Saturday, Jan. 31, was the time of our quar- 
terly council at the Pleasant Hill church. Bro. 
Goughenour was with us, and assisted us in tie 
transaction of the business. All was adjusted, 
seemingly, to the satisfaction of those present. 
Surely, the Spirit of the Lord was amongst us. 

On Monday, Feb. 2, our brother left for home. 
May the blessing of God attend him every-where. 
We would like very much if brethren, passing 
over the Bock Island E. B., would stop off and 
preach for us. Abraham Wolf. 

Feb. 2, IS!) I. 

-—* "-On the Way." 

Dec. 15, I met with the Union City church, 
Ind., to hold a series of meetings. The elder re- 
marked to me, " it e closed our meetings too soon, 
as a number were counting the cost." How 
strange that it takes so much preaching, of late 
years, to have any effect! 

On Christmas evening, I commenced some 
meetings in the Palestine church, Darke Co., 
Ohio. Both of these series of meetings were en- 
joyable to me, and at each one we held a chil- 
dren's meeting. This seemed to the brethren the 
most enjoyable part of the whole service. If we 
can only keep our children from drifting with the 
popular world, and educate their minds, while 
young, we may have such influence over them as to 
bring them to Christ. However, I see some of 
our dear brethren do not see with us in this noble 
k, and remark to us like this: "I do not take 
as much stock in the children's meetings, as some 
of our brethren." 

I have observed, as a rule, that those who op- 
pose Sunday-school work and children's meetings 
do not have their own children under proper sub- 
jection. Such children may, at times, be led away 
by outside influence; they may refuse to join the 
Brethren church, and unite with ouo of the fash- 
ionable churches, and bring trouble and sorrow 
upon the hearts of parents. Solomon tells us 
" Train up a child in the way he should go: and 



w^eu he is old, he will not depart from it." Prov. 
22: 6. Again, hear the apostle Paul upon this 
matter, " And, ye fathers, provoke not your chil- 
dren to wrath : but bring them up in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord." Eph. 6: 4. I 
know of one family in which the husband and 
wife are both Sunday-school Superintendents, and 
good Sunday-school workers. They are also 
friends of the children's meetings. They have 
erected a family altar. Their children are taught 
to pray, and, not long since, I saw two of their lit- 
tle girls, with a number of others, ranging in ages 
from ten to fourteen years, go down into the water 
to be baptized. 

"What a power of influence parents can wield 
over their children! I remember of holding a 
meeting at a certain place, and after service I was 
invited home with a brother. Before we retired, 
one little girl whispered in her mother's ear, 
" Mamma, let us have prayer before I retire." 
The mother looks over at me and calls for prayer 
to satisfy the little girl, and before that meeting 
closed, she was one I had the happy privilege of 
immersing. Oh, what influence! Brethren, do 
not discourage Sunday-school work! Do not say 
you "take no stock" in children's meetings. Our 
children may suffer from such neglect, and then, 
who will be responsible in that great day? 

Jan, 13 I commenced a, meeting in our home 
district, — an isolated place. The New Mennonites 
had meetings in progress near by, which lessened 
our attendance somewhat. A few were ready to 
join, but met with such strong opposition that 
they did not have the moral courage to tear loose 
from sin, but waited for a "more convenient sea- 

Hearing of Bro. Lemuel Hillery holding a se- 
ries of meetings in the "Big Church," Elkhart 
Co., Iud., wife and I went over to the meetings. 
Olid found them progressing with good interest. 
"While there, we saw two baptized. 

Jan. 29, I met with the brethren of the Berrien 
church, Mich., in church work. Two that had 
wandered away from the fold returned and ac- 
knowledged the old ship Zion the best of all for 
travelers who wish to make sure work for heaven 
and happiness. J. H. Miller. 

Goshen, Ind., Feb. 2. 

From the Oakland Church, Darke Co., Ohio. 

According to previous arrangements, Bro. I. W. 
Hutchison, of Pennyville, Jav Co., Ind., com- 
menced a series of meetings in the Oakland 
church on the evening of Jan. IS, and continued 
day and night until the evening of Feb. 1, 1891. 
During this time we had considerable inclement 
weather. The attendance and interest, however, 
were good, and we have reason to believe that 
many good and lasting impressions were made on 
all who attended the meetings. As an immediate 
result eight precious souls were made to realize 
the importance of joining in with the people of 
God. May the Lord ever help them to walk in 
newness of life! We rejoice in the God of our 
salvation, that eight souls have united with us to 
help move on the great ship of salvation. May 
the grace of God sustain us all and keep us from 
the wickedness of this world, that we may all 
finally be permitted- to pass through the pearly 
gate of heaven, which stands ajar for all who 
prove faithful to the end. 

We feel assured that many more were made to 
realize that all is not well with them, but for some 
reason they could not get the consent of their 
minds to make a surrender. May the wooiugs of 
the Holy Spirit continue to press upon them, un- 
til they will be made willing to accept the Savior 
as their guide. May they be brought to a realiza- 
tion of the fact, that to procrastinate means 

danger, for life is uncertain. "We really have no 
right to spend our talents, our energies, and our 
lives outside of the service of our Master, upon 
whom hangs our entire dependence. 

"What is life? Life is a portion of time given 
to each of us, in which to prepare for the great 
future. It is the portion of time, in which we can 
prepare ourselves to enjoy an existence in that 
endless duration beyond the misty line, which 
marks the division of this world from the world 
to come. We are all eternity-bound creatures, — 
whether to a blissful abode with Christ, and all 
that glorified host that shall accompany him to 
the portals of heaven, or whether to sink into 
eternity amid the crimes of every description 
where we will have to take up our abode with the 
damned of all nations and ages. If the latter 
should be our lamentable lot, who shall bear the 
blame? Certainly not God, for God so loved the 
world, that he gave his only begotten Son to die 
for our ransom, that whosoever believeth on him, 
and does his bidding, shall have everlasting life. 
It is said by Divine Inspiration, that the way is 
so plain, that we need not err therein. There 
no excuse for staying out of the kingdom. May 
the God of love and mercy help us all to so live, 
that we may have an abundant entrance in the 
glory world, where we may be permitted to enjoy 
the company of those who are awaiting our co 
iug in the Paradise of God. I. B. Miller. 

Webster, Ohio. 

Funds for the Western Sufferers. 

J. M. Angle, Mt. Vernon, 111., from Breth- 
ren and friends, $ 3 05 

Stony Creek church, Indiana, 15 10 

Pine Creek church, Indiana, 26 00 

Swan Creek church, Ohio, 9 50 

A brother and sister, DeGraff, Ohio, 5 00 

Pleasant Valley church, Floyd County, Va., 12 00 

Box 266, Nevada, Mo., 5 00 

John E. Bowman, Polo, Mo., 5 00 

J. L. Wagoner and wife, Pyrmont, Ind., ... 2 00 

Elizabeth Wagoner, Pyrmont, Ind., 1 00 

East Niniishillen church, Stark Co., Ohio, . 23 00 

G. G. Grady, Syracuse, Ind., 1 00 

I. S. Grady, Syracuse, Ind., 1 00 

Rachel Markley, Syracuse, Ind., 50 

White Oak church, Pennsylvania, 47 00 

Henry Balsbaugh, Harrisburgh, Pa., 1 00 

Collected by Elenora Falls, (10 years old) 

Dayton, Va., -. 4 50 

Jacob Bluebaugh, Robins, la., 5 00 

Catharine Bluebaugh, Robins, la., 5 00 

D. W. Miller, Robins, la., 2 00 

Jeunie B. Miller, Robins, la., 2 00 

Ida E. Miller, Robins, la., 1 00 

John W. Moats, Altoona, la., 5 00 

John Bennett, Elbinsville, Pa., 10 00 

Mrs. Anderson Etzler, Woodboro, Md., .... 1 00 

George Holsopple, Air Hill, Ohio, 2 00 

Slate Creek church, Conway Springs, Kans., 57 50 

I. C. Johnson and wife, Somerset, Pa., 1 00 

Jesse L. Moss and wife, Elkhart, Ind., 2 00 

Silver Creek church, Williams Co., Ohio, . . 21 80 

D. D. Horner, Jones Mills, Pa., 5 00 

G. J. Horner, Jones Mills, Pa., 1 00 

Jesse Roop, Linganore, Md., 10 00 

Catharine D. Price, State College, Pa., .... 5 00 
John H. and May A. Hoofstetler, Millers- 

ville, Pa., 5 00 

Jacob Orumpacker, Rinehart, Mo., 5 00 

J. W. Halloway, Zauesville, Ohio, 50 

D. N. Yothers, De tricks ville, Pa., 50 

Mollie B. Hooker, Woolwine, Va., 2 00 

A. E. Evans, Lancaster, Pa., 1 00 

A brother and sister, Overbrook, Kans., ... 10 00 
D. C. Hardmau and wife, Hamilton, Mo., . . 10 00 
Mill Creek church and other kind friends, 

Va., by B. B. Miller, 54 00 

A friend, Keep Tryst, Md., 5 00 

Elkhart Valley church, Ind., 5 00 

Anna Downing, Gridley, Kans., 40 

H. H. Bitter, Dixon, 111, ....*. l 00 

E. A. West, Moscow, Idaho, ". 1 00 

Brother and sister Stiverson, Moscow, Ida- 
ho, i 50 

S. J. Peffiy and wife, Moscow, Idaho, 2 00 

L. C. Schubert, Carey, Ohio, 1 00 

Christena Moyer, Harleysville, Pa., 50 

D. H. Lind, Astoria, 111., 1 00 

F. Hiues, Silver Lake, Iud., 10 00 

B. F. Spitzer, Rockingham. Mo., 50 

Samuel Valentine, Corning, Kans., .... 3 50 

George Holler and wife, Huntington, Ind., 11 00 
Members and friends of the Tbornapple 

church, Mich., 167 08 

West Nimishillen church, North-eastern 

Ohio, 40 00 

Arcadia church, Indiana, 5 50 

Curtis Gouker, Caretown, Md., 1 00 

Keuka church, Florida, 8 10 

Mrs. Samuel Strock, Sterling, 111., 2 00 

I. H. Rosenberger, Spitzer, Ohio, 5 00 

West Dayton church, Ohio, 10 55 

West Dayton Sunday-school, Ohio, 15 28 

T. Crone and wife, Primrose, Ohio 3 00 

Jacob Rutlidge, Primrose, Ohio, 50 

W. M. Stoner and wife, Waldrou, Mich.,. . . 75 

H. Bender, Walden, Mich., 1 00 

Jonas Snyder and wife, Fayette, Ohio 1 25 

Lewis Helt, Fayette, Ohio, 50 

Henry Schwartz, Fayette, Ohio, 1 00 

H. K. Marks, Fayette, Ohio, 50 

H M. Reynols, Fayette, Ohio 25 

George Milluor, Fayette, Ohio 50 

Catharine Henry, Fayette, Ohio, ^25 

Catharine Winters, Fayette, Ohio, 25 

H. S. Calkins, Fayette, Ohio 50 

J. Whitmore, Fayette, Ohio, 50 

J. Reynols, Fayette, Ohio, 50 

Unknown, 1 65 

Sugar Creek congregation, Ohio, 7 00 

Johnstown church, Pennsylvania, 18 00 

Church in the First District of Virginia, by 

Eld. B. F. Moomaw, 60 00 

From a brother, Ankneytown, Ohio, 5 00 

A brother and sister, Hill Grove, Ohio, 25 

Brethren, friends and neighbors, Lower 

Stillwater church, Montgomery Co., 

Ohio, 2S0 77 

Geo. Bucher, Kleiufeldersville, Pa., 2 75 

Yellow River church Marshall County, 

Ind., 31 20 

Members and friends, Upper Fall Creek 

church, Southern District of Indiana, 162 24 

Swan Creek church, Ohio, by Lizzie Hall, . 6 35 

G. E. Goughnour, Maxwell, la., 3 00 

Afriend, Decatur, 111., 5 00 

West Conestoga church, Lancaster Co., Pa., 34 50 

Sugar Ridge church, Ohio, 9 00 

Noah Snider and wife, West Alexandria, 

Ohio, 2 00 

Nathan Hoffman, Pottstown, Pa., 5 00 

David S. and Mary E. Leedy, Pierceton, 

Ind., 2 00 

Isaac Smith, Campbell, Mich., 4 00 

Total $1281 82 

" God knows where we can do the most good 
better than we do. Hence it is well for us to real- 
ize that we are just where we ought to be when we 
are in the place where God has set us. ' If each 
drop of rain chose where it should fall,' says 
Charles Kingsley, ' God's showers would not fall, 
as they do now, on the evil and the good alike.' 
So it is that the world is benefited by God's choos- 
ing the place for his individual workers in the 


Feb. 17, 1801. 

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.e only infallible rule of faith and 
practice, and maintains i r ailh p. ward ■■••], Repentance from dead 
i-.'.iks, Regeneratinn uf the hear', and mind, baptism by Trine Immersion 
luriemisskmof sins unto the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying 
on ol hands, are the means of adoption into the household ol God,— the 

It also maintains that Feet-washing, as taught in John 13, both by ex- 
ample and command of Jesus, shun Id be observed in the church- 
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the close of the day. 
That the Salotatioi 

Holy Kiss, or Kiss of Charity, is binding 
the spirit and self-denying 

upon the followers of Chi 

That War and Retaliation are cont 
principles of the religion of Jesus Chi 
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e Scriptural duty of Anointing the: Sick with 'HI, in the Nam 
■d, James s: 14, is binding upon all Christians. 
idvocates the church's duty to support Missionary and Trai 
;s giving to the Lord for the spread o( the Gospel and lor th 

Mount Morris, HI., 

BltO. L. H. Eby 1ms changed his address to 1102 
North 26th Street, Lincoln, Nebr. Please make a 
note of this change. 

Sister Mary R, Mohler, of Clyde, Cloud Co. 
Mo., wants the address of James Burd, formerly 
of Tama County, Iowa. Who will answer hei 

We are sorry to learn that Bro. R. H. Miller 
has again been prostrated by an attack of La 
Grippe. He was slowly recovering at last report. 
May the Lord restore him! 

Bro. Howard Keim changes his address from 
Elk Lick, Peunsj lvanio, to Ladoga, Indiana. And 
, Bro. Howard, since you have moved West- 
ward, come to Mt. Morris nnd visit us. 

"Eld. George Zollahk, of Mr. Carroll, 111., 
has been holding a series of meetings for us in 
the old Indian Creek church, and at the close of 
these meetings Bro. Jacob M. Price was elected 
to the ministry." jSo writes Bro. Jas. Y. Heckler. 

Sister Nancy Marshburne, of Estacado, Texas, 
would like to have some of our ministers visit that 
locality. She says the country is settling up 
rapidly, aud that it is a goodly land. The MES- 
SENGER she finds to be a welcome visitor in her 

Bro. John Hollingek, of Kansas, has this to 
say about the Brethren's Almanac for 1891: " Tour 
Almanac answers the purpose of a tract very well. 
I have disposed of all I had save one copy." 
Many others feel the same way about the Alma- 
nacs, and are still making efforts to distribute 
them. We can fill orders as fast as received. 

The Old Folks and Orphans' Home, located at 
Booth, Kans., is receiving some liberal donations 
from those outside of the State who are interested 
in charitable work. The Kansas Brethren are to 
ommended for their efforts in this direction, 
and those who may feel like helping on the good 
work can send their donation to Bro. George W. 
Keedy, Booth, Kans. 

An error occurs in Messenger No. 4. Bro. 
Austin is made to say that he intends to travel 
with a tent. What he did say is as follows: 
" What brother will come aud labor here in July 
and August? I think best to have a teut, and 
move it from place to place. Who will come? 
Let me hear from some loviug brother."' We ask 
Bro. Austin's pardon for the error. 

Bro. D. M. Beplogle, of the Mexico church, 
Indiana, informs us that they are in the midst of 
a very interesting scries of meetings at that place. 
Bro. I. J. Bosenberger is with them and had 
preached twenty sermons. Seven had come out 
on the Lord's side, and others were deeply im- 
pressed. The brethren expected to continue the 
meetings, with the hope that others may be in- 
duced to accept Christ as their Savior. We hope 
to have a full report of the meeting at its close. 

We learn that Bro. S. S. Mohler is improving very 
slowly. The change for the better is hardly per- 
ceptible, and yet it is sufficient to encourage the 
hope that he may again be restored to health. 
He has been led along a path of great suffering. 
The Lord has sustained him in it all. Our prayer 
is that he may again be fully restored to health, 
and we know our Brethren will join us iu this pe- 
tition to a throne ok grace. 

We are receiving notices of good meetings be- 
ing held in many parts of our Brotherhood and 
many souls are turning to Christ. At Pleasant 
Hill, Ohio, the church enjoyed a wonderful season 
of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. For- 
ty-sis souls were led to Christ. How we rejoice, 
to know that men and women are being made will- 
ing to accept Christ! We do not feel to rej oice ] 
only that our church is receiving additions, but 
that Satan's kingdom is being diminished and that 
the religion of Jesus Christ is growing. We 
sometimes hear of great rejoicing because some 
have turned their back upon the church of our 
choice and united with others. We wonder 
whether such rejoicing comes from an honest, 
earnest desire to see the kingdom of Christ en- 
larged or whether it comes from the selfish pleas- 
ure born of a desire to see one church torn down 
to build up another. Surely there is work enough 
for us to do in battling against sin and the power 
of the Evil One, and in snatching sinners as 
brands from the burning. The spirit that rejoices 
in the evils that grow out of church troubles is 
not, we fear, the outgrowth of the love of God, for 
behold the spirit of that love " rejoicelh not in in- 
iquity, but rejoiceth in the truth." 

Bro. G. B. Royer spent a few days at Lanark, 
111., recently. He reports interesting meetings 
with good attendance. 

Bro. Andrew Hutchison will spend his time 
from now until Annual Meeting among the church- 
es in the East. His health is improving, and we 
trust he will be able to continue in the good work. 

During our short stay at McPherson, on our 
recent trip to Kansas, wo enjoyed a short visit at 
tho pleasant homo of Bro. Michael Rebel', former- 
ly of Waterloo, Iowa. They expressed themselves 
as being well pleased with their new home. Sister 
Reber is a mother to a number of the students. 

Those who write to sister Gibson in reference 
to the Children's Mission, or send money to her, 
will please address plainly, Mary M. Gibson, Box 
421, Virclen, Macoupin Co., 111. Sister Gibson 
also suggests that drafts on New York or Chicago 
be sent, as they are more convenient than money 
orders. She says that the banks will usually issue 
drafts free for charitable purposes. 

Bro. S. A. Sanger, of Scott's Ford, Va., sends us 
the following report: "Bro. S. F. Sanger, of 
Bridge water, Rockingham Co., Ya., began a series 
of meetings in tho Mill Creek congregation on 
Jan. 18 and continued until Feb. 1. As an inu\ 
mediate result fourteen were added to the church • 
by baptism. Bro. Sanger's labors were very j 
much appreciated. We hope he will come often." 

Froji Mendon,